Survive Your Season of Bridal Showers
What's a groom-to-be's worst nightmare? An invitation to a bridal shower! While once a female-only domain, more and more grooms are being told to come along. Here is one man's tips to survive bridal showers and it works for brides-to-bes too!
As if brides-to-be didn't have enough to worry about, someone had to invent bridal showers. If you're lucky enough to only have one or two showers, then you can relax and enjoy yourself. Unfortunately, it's easy to have too much of a good thing. If you have the kind of family, co-workers, and friends that insist on throwing party after party, you might need some help surviving the months that lead up to your wedding.
Limit Your Availability
You probably don't want to spend all night with your fiance's family or those co-workers you barely know. Limit your availability to daytime hours so you will have free evenings. A boring shower seems a lot easier when you know you can hang out with your best friends in a few hours.
And don't worry about upsetting your hosts. Other ladies will completely understand your request. The only bad vibes will come from married women who wish they had been as cunning as you.
Work with Your Hosts to Create Fun Activities
Bridal shower hosts don't always know what kind of crowd they will entertain. You can help out, and make the shower much more fun for you, by working with the host. After all, you know more about what you want to do than anyone else.
Think of activities that really appeal to you, but also try to keep it moderately appropriate for other guests (Great Aunt Bertha might not enjoy some of the more risqué ideas you can find on the Internet). If you're into films, then you could request a movie trivia game. If you love wine, then you could have a tasting. If you love playing music, then you could have a dance party. Or better yet, everyone could bring small instruments and have a little jam session.
There really aren't any rules. Just remember that if you don't get involved, you won't have any right to complain when you're stuck with boring games and terrible appetizers.
Ask Someone Else to Drive
You're the guest of honor. That means you can indulge in a few drinks if you want. By all means, though, you don't want to get busted with a DUI a month before your wedding. Ask a friend to drive to and from your bridal shower. That way, you never have to worry about whether you've had too much champagne.
Remember that people want to throw you bridal showers because they care about you. Sure, it can feel like a bit much after you've been to three or four, but are you really going to complain about getting too much love from your friends and relatives? Just remember why everyone is there, relax, and have a good time even when you secretly wish you were somewhere else.
Posted by Matt T.