While the wedding invitation ranks supreme as the most important piece of stationery when two people are getting married, the bridal shower invite is another important contender. Though co-ed celebrations are increasingly popular, female-only fetes are still the norm so the invitations tend to have a feminine vibe. Here's what you need to know about invitations for this gift-centric celebration.
The date and location.
It seems obvious, but don't forget to include the date and location of the shower. You don't want to have to give each and every guest the shower details over the phone, do you?
The start and end time.
Don't assume that every guest knows a shower is typically three or four hours long. Make sure to clearly state when the shower begins and ends so guests with other commitments can be sure they carve out time to celebrate with the bride.
The style of the party.
Stationers offer lots of bridal shower invitation choices, and that's a good thing because all showers are not alike. The invitation's style could complement the shower's theme and ambiance (an Eiffel Tower illustration for a Parisian theme, flowers for a garden theme), or pick up on a wedding color or play off the season. If you're doing something super-trendy, like having a cooking class as the event's entertainment, an invite with a food graphic would work. No matter what style you're going with, you want to give guests an idea of what they're in for so they understand how to dress and what to expect. If you're specifying the way gifts should be wrapped, you should also spell that out here.
Where the bride is registered.
Any necessary RSVP information.
Ask invitees to email or call with their response by a certain date, usually about two weeks ahead of the shower. If you're asking for phone calls, be sure to give the name of the person whose phone number you're listing; this way, guests will know who they're calling and avoid the awkwardness of saying, "Um, I'm calling about Tara's shower?"