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16 Things You Did Not Know About Planning a Bridal Shower in Nigeria

1. What is a bridal shower?

Bridal shower is a pre-wedding get-together for the bride-to-be, and her intimate friends. It is a mini-party to celebrate the upcoming wedding. It is designed to 'shower' the bride with good wishes and gifts.

2. Who host a bridal shower? 
Usually, it is the duty of the maid of honour or bridesmaid to organize the bridal shower. Whoever is hosting it must communicate early enough to the bride-to-be to make sure another person is not planning a separate shower. It is not ideal for the bride-to-be, her mother or mother-in-law to host the bridal shower.

3. Where is the ideal location for a bridal shower?
Since it is an informal party, it can be held at the house of the bride-to-be or any of the bridesmaids house, a restaurant or hotel. It can also be done in a family member's home.

4. Who bears the cost?
Ideally, whoever organizes the bridal shower should bear the cost. It is not ideal to ask for financial contributions from guests since they will be bringing gifts. However, every bridesmaid may contribute to the cost of decoration, food or drinks.

5. Who is invited to a bridal shower?
The bride-to-be may provide a guest list. Usually, the bridal shower is an all-female party. However, only those who will attend the wedding are often invited. Keep the guest list small. 

6. Should an invitation be sent?
An informal invitation is usually is sent to the guests. You don't need a printed invitation.

7. What happens at the bridal shower?
It is a fun party that involves storytelling, games, food, gifts and photographs. The groom-to-be often arrives towards the end of the shower.

8. What do you bring to a bridal shower?
An inexpensive, personalized bridal gift is usually brought for the bride-to-be.

9. When to have the bridal shower?
The bridal shower is usually done in the late morning or early afternoon. It is a daytime event. It is often held 2 months before the wedding, but not later than 2 weeks. The date must be convenient for the bride-to-be and her guests.

10. How much does a bridal shower cost?
There is no specific amount for ideal shower. Just ensure that your bridal shower is within your budget. 

11. What kind of food is served at a bridal shower?
Keep the food and refreshments simple. Sandwiches, appetizers, deserts, cupcakes, salads, fresh fruits, doughnuts, youghurts, candies and cookies are ideal food to be served.

12. How long should a bridal shower last?
A bridal shower lasts between 2 - 4 hours.

13. Is it appropriate for the bride-to-be to be involved in the planning process?
Except it is a complete surprise, the bride to be showered should be carried along. However, other than choosing the date and guest list, most bride-to-be generally just show up at the bridal shower.

14. What is the dresscode at a bridal shower?
The dresscode should be as casual as possible. For the sake of photographs, you may choose a dress code.

15. Should you have prizes for the bridal  shower games?
Prizes are not required for the bridal shower games. However, it is always nice to give a little prize for game winners.

16. How to style a bridal shower?
There is no perfect style for a bridal shower. Keep it minimalist. 


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