The purpose of a wedding shower is to celebrate the bride and provide her a moment to share with family and friends before the big day. Traditionally, the bridal shower is hosted by the maid-of-honor or the bridesmaids. Sometimes it is co-hosted to save on costs for a large number of guests or hosted by a family member.
Wedding shower invitations reflect the theme of the shower, not necessarily the wedding, and are usually more whimsical and colorful than wedding invitations. A honeymoon planned for Jamaica might inspire the host to serve an exotic buffet and use a tropical decoration for the invitations. If you can't find the right creative wording to fit the theme, try a freelance writer to custom pen the perfect poem.
Themes for wedding showers vary from spa experiences and lingerie fun to a proper afternoon garden tea party, so follow your imagination in creating your wedding shower invitations. Like wedding invitations, the shower invitation also ranges in price and ability to custom design or do-it-yourself.
Ultimately the wedding shower host is the decision maker for the invitations, although traditionally the invitations for the shower were coordinated with the printing of all wedding material. Today the ideal situation involves the host coordinating with the bride for certain aspects of the shower while creating a fun environment that even surprises and pleases the bride or couple, depending on the intention of the wedding/bridal shower.
The wedding shower invitation is the ideal forum to print bridal registry information or a personal wedding Web site for guests to access and keep their tech-savvy friends and family up-to-date on the ongoing changes in wedding plans.
Stepping outside of tradition today we have the less formal bridal shower hosted by coworkers who, depending on the situation, are probably not invited to the wedding. These events are typically held in the office or during a luncheon at a restaurant. Invitations are either very casual or by word-of-mouth.