What exactly is a Bridal Shower? Here‚Äôs a brief history with some facts taken from the good ol‚Äô Wikipedea Encyclopedia‚Ä¶with a touch of my own humble opinion.
A bridal shower is a gift-giving celebration thrown for the bride usaully about 4-6 weeks before the big day. These showers are primarily planned and carried out by he maid of honor and the bridesmaids. Most of the gifts given at these showers are to help the bride prepare for married life. It is customary for bridal showers to consist mostly of women, but co-ed showers are becoming more and more popular.
The custom of the bridal shower possibly began when a poor woman‚Äôs family did not have the money to provide a dowry for her, or when a father refused to give his daughter her dowry because he did‚Äôt approve of the marriage. In these situations, good friends of the woman would gather together and bring gifts that would compensate for the dowry and allow her to marry the man of her choice.
Bridal Showers today, are popular in the US and Canada, but are believed to have begun in Brussels, Belgium around the year 1860. Bridal showers became popular in urban areas of the US in the 1890‚Äôs, and became more popular by the 1930‚Äôs. The term ‚Äúshower‚Äù very possibly comes from a victorian custom where gifts would be put in a parasol, to be opened and shower the bride-to-be with gifts.