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Bridal Shower Invitations & Wedding Shower Invitations


Bridal shower invitation basics

There are a number of frequently asked questions about a wedding shower that we’re here to answer before we go any further:


Q. When is the bridal shower usually held?

A. A bridal shower is typically held one to three months prior to the wedding, but if you need to hold it earlier or closer to the day because of a destination wedding or out of town guests, the important thing is that you give your guests enough notice.


Q. Who is supposed to throw the bridal shower?

A. The maid of honour usually throws the bridal shower, and in some cultures people have more than one, or even different themed showers (i.e. Christmas shower, kitchen shower, lingerie shower).


Q. Who do you invite to bridal shower?

A. The bridal party, female family members, close friends - usually any women on the wedding guestlist should receive bridal shower invitations.


Q. When to send bridal shower invites?

A. We recommend sending invitations for bridal shower out 6-8 weeks before the shower, depending on how many guests are coming from out of town.


Q. How long are bridal showers?

A. Bridal showers are often held in the afternoon and usually last about 3 hours, depending on the activities you have planned. 


Bridal shower invitations for all your loved ones

Wedding showers should be a fun occasion for the bride and her loved ones. What is a bridal shower? Traditionally they are gift-giving parties, where friends and family bring gifts to the engaged couple, to celebrate their upcoming wedding and help set them up for the future. Not every couple wants a bridal shower, and it’s up to you whether it’s something you want as part of your wedding. Regardless of whether you’re planning a rustic themed bridal shower, have plenty of vintage bridal shower ideas, or you’re planning something more chic and modern, everyone is sure to have a good time as long as you’ve thought of what the bride would like - and provided some good food!

Who gets invited to a bridal shower? Think about who you want surrounding you on that day, whether it be a big or small gathering. Friends and family, colleagues and acquaintances - you can invite anyone you like! Etiquette states that you only invite people on the wedding guest list, but if you’re not the traditional type, there’s no reason to stick to the rules. If you are going to be inviting people who aren’t invited to the wedding, though, just remember that there’s the possibility for some to be upset about not receiving a wedding invitation and you’ll come face to face with that disappointment. 

While traditionally a bridal shower is more of a women’s event, these days people are much more open to sharing the occasion with men as well. Talk to your partner about whether you’d like this to be a joint event for both of you and include men on the bridal shower invitation list. 


The etiquette for bridal shower invitations

Bridal showers and bridal shower invitation etiquette (like anything to do with weddings) can be tricky, especially because etiquette generally involves unwritten rules. Who throws the bridal shower? When to send bachelorette party invitations? Who do you invite to a bridal shower? There are so many different things to get right! 

Wedding showers are all about the gifts. If that doesn’t make you comfortable then it might not be the right event for you: consider a bachelorette party or wedding rehearsal party instead. The idea behind having a bridal shower is that your loved ones can bring gifts for you and your husband-to-be. Your guests don’t need to worry about spending a fortune on gifts, as it is acceptable at bridal showers to present smaller household items that won’t break the bank.

Because a bridal shower is about gift giving, it’s perfectly acceptable to have a gift directory to make it easier for your guests. You might send it out by post or email, either with your bridal shower invites or once you’ve received your RSVP’s. Keep in mind that some guests might like to choose something that’s not on the list so you should make sure to let them know that this is fine too, so there’s no confusion or worry. Put items on your registry at a range of different price points so that your guests have complete control over how much they spend. 

Hosting a bridal shower often falls to the close friends of the bride: usually the bridal party or a close family member like the mother of the bride. The bride is not expected to be part of the planning or hosting the event, but of course, if you want to have some input then make sure to have a chat to the people hosting it beforehand if there is anything you specifically want to be included. A bridal shower is a great chance to get together with friends and family and start talking about the upcoming occasion. It should be fun and stress-free for the bride.


Get your bridal shower invitation details just right with clever bridal shower invitation wording

There are many aspects to consider when planning a bridal shower, and you should start planning as early as possible to ensure you can send out bridal shower invitations and have everything ready in time.

Getting your bridal shower invites perfect is about more than just choosing the right design. You also need to consider how to get your wording for bridal shower invite just right. 

Here are a few things to remember to include on your bridal shower invitations:

  • Who – are the invites just going to be for women or do you want to include men and children? Think about this before sending out bridal shower invites so that you can be specific about who the invite will be addressed to. If you want to invite whole families, include the couple’s names and their children. If you just want to invite the women, address the invites to them only, which should make it more clear for your guests.

  • When – send out your bridal shower invites with enough time for your guests to include the occasion in their plans, and avoid any problems with people not having enough notice to go out and pick a gift. 

  • RSVP – always clearly state an RSVP date so you don’t have to worry about chasing people down right before the shower. Also be sure to include a contact number or email address (or both) so your guests can easily respond.

  • Where – whether it’s at your house and people have been there a million times before, or you are having your bridal shower a specific venue, always include the address to prevent people getting lost.

If there are any other details you’d like to include, such as a dress code or a specific theme, you can include those in the wording as well. This information can be included in a lot of different ways, to match your invites. You might be interested in traditional tea party invitation wording, funny wedding invitation wording, or something non-traditional like couples shower invitations wording to let everyone know it will be a different kind of bridal shower. 


When to send out bridal shower invites

If you’re confused about when to send out bridal shower invites, think about who you are going to be inviting, when the event is, and how much notice they will need to be able to attend. Usually it’s a good rule of thumb to send out invitations about 6 weeks ahead of time, but if the bridal shower is within a couple of days of the wedding, it may be a good idea to send out invitations much earlier. That way, when people book in their travel for the big day, they can choose to extend their trip a few days to be part of it. They might be frustrated to find out a few weeks before their trip that they could have been part of more, had they known. Consider including a save the date with the wedding save the dates, or just let out-of-town guests know by word of mouth.


Bridal shower invitations in a range of themes

If you do have a theme for your bridal shower, instead of using words you can just let your invitations do the talking for you. Your bridal shower invites will give a lot away in regards to the theme of the event. If it’s a rustic floral inspired design, your guests might assume it’s an outdoor event, if you use bold metallic lettering on solid black paper they’ll likely think it’s a fancier bridal shower that may require them to dress up. You can also use the unique design of your bridal shower invitation to give your guests an indication as to what they can expect from the wedding itself through your chosen design. Choose something that reflects who you are, and cleverly set the tone of all wedding focused celebrations. 

We have bridal shower invitations of many different designs, including country, retro, modern, pretty and bold. With a wide range of colours and prints to choose from, as well as printed envelope liners, we have everything you need to make your bridal shower invites really special. From our new raised foil designs to our elegant typography, our talented Australian designers have some stunning invitations to choose from, with something sure to appeal to any bride.

Some of our most popular styles of bridal shower invites include tea party bridal shower invites and rustic bridal shower invites. Others, like beach bridal shower invites and tropical bridal shower invites are also popular. 

The best bridal shower invitations are ones that truly reflect your personality or interests, so why not branch out and get creative? Here is a list of great bridal shower invitation ideas:

  • Sunflower bridal shower invitations

  • Travel themed bridal shower invitations

  • Fall bridal shower invitations

  • Vintage bridal shower invitations

  • Simple bridal shower ideas

  • Fiesta bridal shower invitations

  • Elegant bridal shower invitations

  • Beach theme bridal shower invitations

  • Disney bridal shower invitations

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's bridal shower invitations

  • Brunch and bubbly bridal shower invitations

  • Purple bridal shower invitations

  • Wine themed bridal shower invitations

  • Beauty and the Beast bridal shower

  • Bridal tea party invitations

  • Nautical bridal shower invitation

  • Floral bachelorette invitations

  • Mexican themed bridal shower

  • Garden themed bridal shower

  • Pink and gold bridal shower invitations

  • Rustic bridal shower invite

  • Black and white bridal shower invitations

  • Country bridal shower invitations

  • Alice in Wonderland bridal shower invitations

  • Fall in love bridal shower invitations

  • Winter bridal shower invitations

  • Hawaiian themed bridal shower

  • Surprise bridal shower invitations

  • Rose gold bridal shower invitations

  • Cinderella bridal shower

  • Lingerie bridal shower invitations

  • Italian themed bridal shower

  • Paris themed bridal shower invitations

  • Personalized bridal shower invitations

  • Funny bridal shower invitations

  • Simple bridal shower invitations

  • Christmas bridal shower invitations

  • Tiffany bridal shower invitations

  • Cute bachelorette invitations

  • Friends themed bridal shower

Don’t let such a long list overwhelm you! Go with what feels right to you, and personalise it to make sure the design is 100% perfect for what you need. 


Bridal showers by season

Unique bridal shower invitations can be inspired by the seasons. From a beach bridal shower in summer to a Maple leaf or pumpkin theme in fall, you can host a bridal shower that is beautifully season-appropriate for guests to enjoy.


Autumn or fall bridal shower ideas

Rustic bridal shower ideas are extremely popular for Autumn or Fall, whether that means going for a winery bridal shower or hosting the day in a barn, or simply incorporating a little burlap and twine in your decorations. A thanksgiving bridal shower theme is another popular choice for this time of year.


Summer bridal shower ideas

It’s easy to make your bridal shower beach themed if you live by the sea, and Summer is the perfect time for it! If you’re not near the water, consider a tropical bridal shower or Hawaiian bridal shower and incorporate tropical fruits and flowers to help you celebrate in the warm weather. 


Bridal shower themes for winter

What better way to celebrate the cool weather than with a bridal shower themed around it! A Winter Wonderland bridal shower theme is perfect for making the most of the chill in the air, or get your best girlfriends together with a cosy PJ bridal shower theme. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, a Christmas bridal shower can be another great way to embrace the season. 



As more and more women are letting their guys in on the “girls only” affair, couple wedding showers, also known as Jack and Jill showers, have become much more common in the modern day. Much like a traditional shower, the point of the party is to honor the bride and groom, it will need beautiful printed wedding shower invitations sent out to the guests!


Wedding shower invitations etiquette

The couple wedding shower invitations etiquette do not differ much from traditional bridal shower invitations etiquettes, only that the invitations are sent to both female and male guests. Since this is a newer trend, the event can be a dinner, brunch, a day trip or a cocktail party, just be sure to let your guest know what to expect. Wedding shower invitations, like bridal shower invitations, should be sent out 6-8 weeks before the shower to guests that are already invited to the wedding. 


Wedding shower invitations themes and designs

Bridal showers often are more femine, with the pinks, cursive writing and florals. If that suits the couple, go for it! But Coed wedding shower invitations are much more gender neutral and should reflect the couple that’s being celebrated. You can get a range of minimal or rustic wedding shower invitations with colors, designs and text that represent the couple, just be sure that it’s not similar to the main wedding invitations.

There are also many fun couple wedding shower themes that can be followed through from the invitations to the event. Here are some cute and fun wedding shower invitations themes and ideas:


I do BBQ wedding shower invitations

Gather friends and family for a grill in your backyard. Prepare yard games, burgers (don’t forget those veggie patties!) and drinks to shower the couple with love.


Picnic party wedding shower invitations

The best part about picnic parties is that you can host them at the beach, at a local park and it’s children friendly!


Backyard bonfire wedding shower invitations

Great for camping couples who love nature and the outdoors. 


Taco Bout Love wedding shower invitations

If you know this is the couple’s go to date night, set up a taco bar and margarita station and take it up a notch by arranging one night latin dance class for all!

Wine and Trivia wedding shower invitations

Everyone loves a good bottle of vino, toast to them at a wine-tasting wedding shower with finger foods to pair with!


Couples retreat wedding shower invitations

For those who want to take pre-wedding events to the next level! Organize a day for yoga classes,  a spa and massage to get the couple hyped and ready for the big day.

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