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Celebrating Love And Friendship: Bridal Shower Party
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I have always wondered why someone might link the word ‘shower’ to a party held before the wedding. I would have understood if the ‘shower’ had been taken after the wedding and if it had been a cold one…

I’m kidding, of course.

I searched Google and found out that this tradition of bride-to-be shower party is coming from a few centuries ago and had that time a very practical reason: to provide a material support to the young couples which had no money to get married because of poverty or of a stubborn father who didn’t agree with the choice made by his daughter.

Nowadays, the bridal shower party is usually held one-two months prior to the wedding party in the home of matron or maiden of honor, in a closed friend’s home or in a restaurant. It is also an occasion to offer nice gifts to the young couple.

Like in many other cases when tradition has been brought in modern times, the old significance of the event disappeared and present reasons took their place.

In the consumerist age we are living in, when marketers take any opportunity to promote a lot of products and services around any event, the imagination has no limit.

Bridal showers are developed around a theme, which could be Victorian, Tropical or Hawaiian, tea party, garden party, month of the year party, wine testing, around the clock, lingerie, ethnic, favorite memories, pajama party. The gifts offered to the young couple are adapted to the theme.

As any other party, it needs specific planning and dedicated invitations, specific games to be played and favors. The decorations in the spirit of the party are colorful and shiny - floral arrangements, balloons, ribbons, lace, baskets, candles, specific table linens and placemats, artificial flowers, streamers and banners with the name of the couple, photographs with the bride-to-be and bride-groom-to-be.

An entire industry is growing nowadays around the wedding occasion. The celebration of the marriage has been always a big event in anyone’s life. In the old times, the parties offered on the wedding’s occasion hold three days. But now, more than ever, the celebrations have been extended with other parties organized before the big event. Besides the bridal shower we have also the bachelor party and the bachelorette party.

Beyond the business opportunities the wedding event is offering to a lot of companies selling connected products and services, all these parties are nice happy events, opportunities for everybody, young married and guests, to dress well and to meet together and spend good time together.

In this blessed age of Internet when blogs and social networks are connecting people from distance, we have to get the best out of any occasion to meet our friends and relatives face to face, to look into their eyes, to laugh together, to dance, to gossip, to confess, to feel their real presence.

The young couple needs to develop a rich social life right from the beginning of their marriage and spend as much possible of their free time surrounded by their friends. It will help them a lot in making the best of their new life, which is not at all as easy as it may seem.

As a matter of fact, we are social creatures and we need to gather together live. So, let’s take any opportunity offered to meet one another and spend a good time. And, then, the social networks will help us to remember the best moments we had and will keep us hanged together until we will have the occasion to meet again.


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