Showers on one's wedding day are supposed to bring the couple good luck but try to find a bride who believes that. She'd rather have sunshine and pleasant weather. However, the other kind of shower that is part of the wedding tradition is welcome and given the changes happening to the traditional showers makes them a party.
Wedding showers are gift-giving parties held for couples about to get married. According to experts, the custom began in the 19th century and is primarily celebrated in North America and Australia. Guests traditionally "shower" the bride-to-be with the items she will need to set up her new home.
And while the traditional shower is still a main focus, versions have erupted and become popular. According to TheKnot.com there are some key trends in modern bridal showers beyond the traditional "women only" luncheon given in someone's home.
· Couples showers - are increasing in popularity. The guests are a mixed audience of female and male friends and relatives. While gifts are still the main focus of the event, they are varied and include "guy stuff" in the mix of household gifts. The shower is a party for good friends.
· Power showers - are events that focus on the groom-to-be who is showered with a wide range of gadgets and power tools to stock the garage. The parties are guy focused and tend to be golf outings, poker nights or action movie themes.
· Destination/activity showers - move out of someone's living room or the party room at a local restaurant and into a special spot or activity. Some ideas include a spa day, horseback riding, or a day at a baseball game. Because these types of showers can be expensive to host, the guest list is usually limited to the bride's closest friends.
· Bride-involved showers. This is tricky ground. Some brides would like to be involved in planning their showers, rather than be surprised by the whole event. However, "being involved in" is not the same as commandeering the whole event for yourself. Traditionally, the shower is given by a friend or relative - not by the bride's mother or close relative.
· Post wedding event -It is customary for the showers to be given prior to the wedding itself. But with guests and couples spread across the country, some showers must be held after the wedding itself.