How to Shop for a Bridal Shower

Planning on attending someone else's shower?  Guests to your shower need some help?

When attending bridal showers, gifts are probably at the top of your to-do list. After all, the term “shower” refers to showering the bride-to-be with gifts to help her get started in her new life as a wife. These days, many brides are already settled in homes or living with their partners. So how do you shop for a modern bridal shower party? Try these tips:

  1. Always consult the bride’s gift registry first. Modern registries allow guests to view full gift registries online. See what others are buying and make an attempt to complete a set or purchase something that no one has gotten yet.
  2. For big-ticket items, consider buying as a group. Does the bride need a new appliance or something out of your budget? Call close friends and go in on a gift together. If you do this, be sure to get separate cards or small gifts to shower her individually.

  3. Feel free to give her something handmade or unique. Remember, a registry is only a guideline for the bridal shower’s gifts. While you should consult it to be sure you’re not getting something completely unnecessary, you shouldn’t feel absolutely married to the wish list. If you want to get a special keepsake or a touching, personal gift, feel free.

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8/6/2010 1:45:52 PM

Always Refer to the Registry

I'm getting married at the end of the month. And prior to my bridal shower last week, whenever I went to other bridal showers, I wasn't ALWAYS considerate about buying gifts from the registry (it depended on what store they registered at). But one of my co-workers turned me onto for my own wedding registry. I liked the idea of being able to add items to my registry from any store in the world and being able to have my guests easily make purchases online.