Bridal Shower Traditions and Superstitions

by Rebecca Mayglothling
Help the bride prepare for her married home with a bridal shower.

Help the bride prepare for her married home with a bridal shower.

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Bridal showers are fun events designed to give the bride gifts to help her within her marriage. The tradition stems from days when the bride was expected to provide a dowry to her husband; other women from the family would give the bride gifts to give as her dowry. As with most marriage proceedings, the bridal shower is surrounded with superstition and tradition.

Bridal Gift Superstitions

The gifts at a bridal shower are surrounded with superstition. The first gift a bride-to-be opens is the first gift she must use after marriage, for good luck. Whoever gave the bride the third gift she opens will be the next person to get pregnant. It's considered terrible luck to use any of the bridal shower gifts before marriage. All gifts must be packed away to avoid using them before the wedding ceremony.

Ribbon Bouquet for Luck

The maid of honor will collect the ribbons and bows as the bride opens gifts. These bows are attached to a paper plate to make a ribbon bouquet. The bouquet is presented to the bride after the shower. She uses this bouquet during the practice wedding dinner. If she uses the prepared fake bouquet, she will have luck throughout her marriage.

Ribbon Breaking

Every ribbon the bride breaks represents one child born into the marriage. The maid of honor will keep track of the number of broken ribbons and show the number to the room later. This superstition is more fun when the bride is unaware of it and breaks many bows as the maid of honor secretly keeps count.

Fun Games

Games are traditionally played at bridal showers. The types of games depend on the party's theme. Typical bridal shower games include styling a wedding dress out of toilet paper, or an around-the-clock game. The latter game allows each guest to pick an hour of the day and present the bride with something to be used during that hour.

Invitations and Gifts

Invitations are always mailed to guests, as opposed to emails or phone invitations. The bride will write thank you cards immediately after the celebration. A prepared maid of honor will purchase a package of thank you cards and present them to the bride at the end of the party to make writing thank you notes simple.

About the Author

Rebecca Mayglothling has worked directly with toddlers and preschoolers for more than three years. She has published numerous lesson plans online as well as parenting and teaching advice. She continues to keep ahead of parenting methods and is eager to share them through her professional writing.

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