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Can a Relative Host the Bridal Shower?

Times change, and with them, what’s deemed appropriate when it comes to wedding planning is subject to modification. Here, we take on an etiquette question—submitted via e-mail by Virginia—on whether it’s still considered taboo for family members to throw a bridal party. 


Q: As the bride’s aunt, can I host the bridal shower?


A: In a word: yes. Although showers were traditionally hosted by the maid of honor, these days the rules are a lot more flexible (groom showers, we’re talking about you). In the past, a family member hosting the shower was seen as making a grab for gifts on behalf of the bride, but that’s outdated thinking that we’re happy to see change. Go ahead and throw the shower. Just make sure you run your plans by the bridesmaids so they can attend—or help out.