Flow Event Group
Flow Event Group

Bridal shower invitation etiquette can be tricky to follow — especially when it comes to wording the invites and providing the proper information. The invitation, which should be sent out at least six to eight weeks before the actual event, is an essential way to spread the news about the upcoming bridal shower party. It’s similar to a wedding invite, as it provides important details of the event, but it can include a more playful style of wording that can be hard to get just right. But don't fret! If you’ve signed yourself up to host this fun event for the special bride-to-be and aren’t exactly sure what you should include on the invitations, we’re here to help! In addition to the proper bridal shower invitation etiquette to follow, we’ve also provided a couple of bridal shower invitation templates to show how they should be worded, too.

Follow this bridal shower invitation etiquette to make sure your invites include all the go-to deets for the upcoming bash!  

Cary Diaz Photography Inc.
Cary Diaz Photography Inc.

Highlight the guest of honor

The number one bridal shower invitation etiquette rule you should know is making sure to highlight the guest of honor right off the bat. Begin your invite with a simple greeting followed by the names of the couple, if you’re throwing a couples’ shower, or the name of the bride or groom to ensure guests know exactly who the shower is honoring. For a formal bridal shower, the invite will begin with a “please join us in showering (insert bride’s name here).” If you’re opting for a more casual or offbeat bridal shower, we suggest beginning the invite with a fun opening such as “Before the Miss becomes a Mrs. lets shower her with love and good wishes.” Then include “Honoring (insert bride’s name here)” below. There are a lot of ways where you can have a little fun with the greeting, it just depends on the style of the shower you are throwing.

Pick a bridal shower invitation theme

Once you’ve announced who the bridal shower is honoring, you then should include the theme of the party. Whether it be a bridal luau or a bubbly brunch, it’s  proper bridal shower invitation etiquette to notify guests beforehand so they can be prepared for what kind of event you are hosting. This also helps to avoid guests bombarding you with questions about what they should wear or what kind of foods will be served.

Include the date and time

After the short greeting, you'll then need to state when the bridal shower is taking place. We suggest listing the day, month, and year, as well as the exact time you wish for the party to start. For a more formal bridal shower invite, you can write out the date and time. Or, you can have it read “Saturday, July 19 2019, 2 p.m.” You can even include a time you would like the party to wrap up, so guests will know when they will need to be out the door. This will lessen end of the party stragglers, too. When choosing the date for a shower, remember that a bridal shower is usually thrown about three months prior to the wedding date. It also can range from a morning brunch to a late afternoon or even a dinner party. Just make sure to run through date and time options with the bride-to-be to see which works best for her.

bridal shower party
Rachel May Photography

List the location and address

List the location of the party under the date and time for proper bridal shower invitation etiquette wording. It’s also a good idea to include the address of the location on the bridal shower invite, too. Whether the shower is being held at someone's home or at a local restaurant, providing the address allows guests to easily get directions to the party, especially if they are traveling from out of town.

Indicate who is hosting the event

Next you will indicate who is hosting the bridal shower. This can be worded by saying “Hosted by (insert host’s name here)” or simply by just putting the host’s name below the location’s address. It’s necessary to have the hosts’ name on the bridal shower invitation so guests will know who is throwing the party—and who to contact for questions—especially if there are invited guests you’ve never met before.

Don’t forget to provide RSVP details

After you’ve listed the hosts’ names, you will need to include RSVP details so guests know to confirm with you, and how. The RSVP should always state who the guest should contact as well as a phone number, email or physical address and, of course, a deadline. The deadline should be about one to two weeks before the actual shower to give the hosts time to finalize all of the details. This typically can read “Please RSVP by May 30 at (insert contact info).”

Rachel May Photography
Rachel May Photography

Offer Wedding Details

The last bit of information that should be included is a link to the guest of honor’s wedding website. Provide a short line that reads “check out the couple's wedding website here” and include the URL. Guests can then use this link to find out the couple’s registry information and other important wedding-related details. Remember that all bridal shower invitees should be invited to the wedding, as well.

Still need help? Just check out these bridal shower invitation wording samples!

 

Please join us to celebrate the bride-to-be

Katherine Jones

Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m.

At Mermaid Winery

233 Main Street, Norfolk, VA

Hosted by Juliette Wills

Please RSVP by March 1st at 453-878-0789

For more details visit the couple’s website here:

(add wedding website link here)

 

The time is right to celebrate Emma’s upcoming wedding date!

Around the Clock Bridal Shower

Sunday, September 18th at 1 p.m.

757 Penny Lane, Oxford, MS

Hosted by Jessie Brenner

Please RSVP by September 1st at 617-567-9132

Check out the couple’s wedding website here:

(add wedding website link here)

 

Let’s Honor Margaret Anderson

With a Brunch & Bubbly Bridal Shower

Saturday, December, 19 2018 at 10 a.m.

At the home of Libby Ryan

233 13 Street, Dallas, TX

Please RSVP by June 1st at 345-987-453-1678

For more info:

(add wedding website link here)