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Must We Register?

I'm marrying in Jamaica, and we are having a cocktail party the night before we leave. My aunt wants to throw me a shower, but I'm not sure if it is appropriate. My fiancé and I are living together, and we are not registering for gifts. We prefer no gifts. If I have a shower, won't I have to register?

Although registering is a gracious way to let your guests know what you want, it’s definitely not mandatory. Guests will simply bring something they choose themselves, or they might decide to give you money instead. In fact, your aunt could plan a “wishing well” shower, where monetary gifts are expected. Avoid letting gifts make you…

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Tips for Hosting a Couple Shower?

A bridal shower for the bride and groom is actually a “couple shower” (aka a “Jack and Jill”). When you word the invitations, note this detail for your guests. Also, you should invite both men and women — relatives and friends — so the event will be more like a party than a traditional shower.…

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Okay for a Second Wedding?

You sound like an MOH from heaven! Hopefully the bride knows how lucky she is. Etiquette for any maid of honour — be it a first wedding or an eighth or ninth — is to be there for the bride and listen to what she wants, then act accordingly. Sounds like your bride wants to…

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Should the Groom Attend?

Usually grooms don’t attend showers — can you imagine what it would be like if you had to attend the buck’s party? Traditionally, a “bridal” shower is for the bride and her close female relatives and friends (and often female relatives on the groom’s side, too). That said, you’re absolutely right that those gifts are…

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Can the Groom’s Sister Host?

Why not? Many etiquette books will tell you it’s completely inappropriate for the bride’s relatives to host a shower, because it looks like they’re trying to get gifts for the bride. (Of course, that is the entire purpose of a shower, but what can you do.) This attitude sometimes extends to the groom’s relatives, too…

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How to Plan One?

The shower is a party for the bride and her closest female relatives and friends, where she is “showered” with love, good wishes, and gifts. A shower can take place six months before the wedding, the week before, or any time in between. It can be a surprise for the bride, or not. Almost every…

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Okay to Do Without the Bride?

You could — it would probably be more like a work party, maybe wrapping and packing gifts to send to the bride, having everyone write her a note about how happy they are for her, or recounting a great time in their relationship with her, or even what they remember about when she first met…

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Should We Include Registry Info on Invite?

Is it okay to enclose a card from the store where the bride is registered in the shower invitation?

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Inviting Out-of-Town Guests?

It’s not inappropriate at all to invite them. In this case, it’s the thought that counts — you wanted them at this intimate party of close friends and relatives to celebrate your upcoming marriage. True, the shower is devoted to gifts, but it’s still a nice gesture to invite all the women you want there…

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Who’s Invited?

You don’t have to invite every woman who’s invited to your wedding (think of the expense for your bridesmaids if you did!). The guest list should include your closest female pals and relatives (and your fiancé’s mum, sis, and other close female friends and family). As for far-flung guests, sending a shower invite is a…

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