That’s one of the wonderful things about weddings: it’s not just one day you have to look forward to – there are several exciting occasions and special days you’ll get to plan or just attend (ah, perks of being the guest of honor) over the course of your engagement. If you can allow yourself to enjoy every single one of them, and embrace being a bride as much as possible, you might not even have post-wedding blues once the ‘I Dos’ are all done. #BrideOut ✌️
You’re probably well aware of the traditional lead up events, such as an engagement party or bridal shower, but what about a couples shower? Or a bridal luncheon? Are those on your radar? If not, then consider this your go-to glossary for all wedding+ parties. Yes, we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, so celebrating in person won’t always be possible – but that’s okay, a lot of these events can be optimized as virtual experiences (and, actually, they might even be better that way).
Given that the majority of you reading this were once fans of in-book magazine quizzes (and/or know your way around a Buzzfeed quiz REAL well), we thought it’d be fun to do one of our own. Circle the celebration or set of circumstances that you believe go along with the following special event explanations. We’ve included some Style Me Pretty Shop swag that best matches the vibe, too, so you’ll have some hints along the way.
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Oh! And have fun. That’s the point of these wedding festivities, after all.
This event happens shortly after you’ve got a ring on your finger.
It can be hosted by your parents or even by you, if you and your partner want to dive into planning with a party to bring all of your people together first. Hint: these fete-worthy props are perf for the picture!
A. Bridal shower
B. Engagement party
C. Bachelor/bachelorette party
D. None of the above
Who should be invited to your bridal shower?
A. Everyone you know
B. Just your (the bride’s) side of the family
C. Whoever’s not invited to the wedding
D. The bridal party, close family, and close friends
True or False:
A couple’s shower may take the place of a traditional females-only bridal shower or be added to the celebration timeline if you want to gather family, friends, coworkers, etc. for a complementary event that mixes crew members from both of your sides.
This event can happen one to four months before the wedding
It is usually hosted by the maid of honor and bridesmaids (although family members of the bride can absolutely be involved). It can be a single night, a long weekend, or even a 3 or 4-day trip to a destination location: the goal? One last fling before the [wedding] ring. Hint: these picks will ensure no one feels left out from all the fun!
A. Bachelorette party
B. Stock the bar party
C. Bridal luncheon
D. Ask-the-girls brunch
A BLANK is a newer tradition in the wedding celebration timeline
Wherein the bride receives lingerie and pretty little things to wear/use in the bedroom. It’s usually hosted by the maid of honor and bridesmaids and happens (at most) a few weeks or days before the wedding (as the gifts are intended for the wedding night, honeymoon, and/or any night in the newlyweds’ first year).
A. Bedroom bash
B. Lingerie shower
C. Sips and sexy fest
D. Any of the above
True or False:
These gifts make wonderful tokens of gratitude for your best girls – they’ll love getting them at your bridal luncheon, the day or morning before your wedding.
Answers (doesn’t this look familiar?):
2. D. (the guest list for the bridal shower is up to the host’s discretion, entirely, but it’s typically intimate and inclusive of the closest friends and family from both sides)
5. B. (while the event is technically called a ‘Lingerie Shower or Party,’ the host can create a whole theme for it be it a boudoir bash or a sugar and spice soiree)
Whether you’ll be having them all or just a few before you say ‘I Do,’ you can bring some extra pretty to every one of your wedding celebration parties with items from our Style Me Pretty Shop!