If you’re someone who bucks tradition left and right, you might embrace the idea of a couple’s shower, otherwise known as a coed shower. A coed shower is a contemporary take on the traditional bridal shower and these parties are generally more casual and relaxed. They also involve both sides of the couple in the gifts, games, and everything else.
Of course, the couple’s shower isn’t for everyone. Here’s a look at the benefits, potential drawbacks, who to invite, and more.
Traditional bridal showers exclude a very important person—the groom. With a couple’s shower, you and your partner get to celebrate and be celebrated. At the event, your closest family and friends will surround you for some pre-wedding fun. And if you don’t like being the center of attention, your partner will be next to you for those (occasionally awkward) shower games.
You’ll both also share the gifts (and thank you note responsibilities!) Plus, you’ll both get to know more of the extended family and friends if you haven’t met them already.
While coed showers may have longer guest lists (which can also be a drawback—see below) they tend to feel more relaxed. Instead of a sit-down brunch, why not throw an afternoon BBQ in one of your family member’s backyards, complete with brats and brews? Or, if that isn’t your style, look for a restaurant or other space that can hold your nearest and dearest for the event.
One challenge to a coed shower is that the guest list is going to be longer. More guests, of course, means additional costs for food, drinks, potentially a larger venue, etc. If the host(s) are on a tight budget, and you have your heart set on an elaborate shower, the couple’s route may not be for you. If you’re up for it, you could host a more casual event at one of the host’s homes, though.
With an extended guest list, you’ll likely receive more gifts at a coed shower. You may not have time to open each gift one by one. Don’t feel like you have to work through the mountain—one option is to put up a sign on the gift table letting guests know how much you appreciate the gifts and that you’re so excited to open them later, at home.
The guest list for a couple’s shower can be tricky. It can get out of control quickly if you let it. Don’t feel like you have to invite your entire wedding guest list, though.
You can limit it to include your best friends and closest relatives—plus, of course, both sides of the wedding party. Alternatively, if you’re up for a bigger shower, you can include the usual bridal shower list and give everyone a plus-one. For the most casual of backyard showers where guests can drop by as they please, you can include kids, too.
Once you’ve decided to have a couple’s shower, it’s time to choose the venue. The options are limitless—but try to keep both of you in mind when you decide on the locale. (For the nature-loving couple, for example, grandmother’s tearoom may be out, but the park with the picnic tables may be in.) Some potential venues include the host’s backyard, a poolside party, a local restaurant the couple loves, a bar with a private party room, or a country club. You may want to look into community centers or local parks, too, if you’re on a budget.
Bridal showers have been traditionally associated with dainty fare like tea sandwiches—we’re talking super traditional showers. With a coed shower, anything goes, though. Depending on the time of the day, you may want to have a brunch buffet with eggs, bacon, and mimosas; or a backyard BBQ with burgers. You could even have an evening cocktail hour or dinner.
You’ll need to make the favors universally, appealing, too. Some ideas for a coed wedding shower include a sweet treat from the couple’s favorite bakery, a local delicacy that represents the couple’s hometown, personalized bottle openers, or monogrammed glasses/cups with a fun anecdote.
A coed wedding shower is a great opportunity to introduce a fun theme for the event and/or for the gifts guests will bring. Here are some ideas:
A coed wedding shower is a fun way to get excited about your wedding together. Plus, it serves as an opportunity to bring your friends and family together before the wedding.