Can You Have A Bridal Shower Without Gifts?

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When I was asked to be a bridesmaid at my friend’s wedding, I was excited. But when I found out that there wasn’t going to be a traditional bridal shower, I was a little disappointed. Gifts are such an important part of that tradition!

Shower with no gifts

I couldn’t help but wonder: could you even have a bridal shower without gifts?

As it turns out, you can! My friend had a great time at her “shower” and we all got to celebrate her upcoming nuptials together. In the end, it was just another way for us to show our support for her on her big day.

If you’re thinking about skipping the gifts at your bridal shower, here are a few things to keep in mind.

– Make sure to let your guests know in advance that gifts aren’t required

– Choose a fun activity for your shower that doesn’t require gifts, like a themed party or spa day

– Have a registry set up so guests can still give you something if they want to

– Create a wishing well or donation jar to collect contributions from guests instead of individual gifts

Your Bride May Not Be Expecting Gifts

If you don’t want to do gifts, that’s perfectly fine! Some people may even be relieved that they don’t have to worry about finding the perfect present for the bride.

Of course, you’ll want to mention that there will be no gifts expected (or accepted) at the shower. You can do this in your invitations or on your wedding website. That way, everyone will be on the same page and there won’t be any awkward moments when someone tries to give you a gift and you have to explain that you’re not doing them.

You May Want to Consider Donations Instead

If you don’t want any gifts, but you know your guests will want to give something, you may want to consider asking for donations instead. This could be for a charity that’s important to you or even for your honeymoon fund.

Just be sure to include all the details in your invitations or on your wedding website so that your guests know what they’re giving to and how to do it.

Wedding with out shower gifts

It’s Not Required, but It Might Be Nice

While gifts are not required at a bridal shower, it is nice to give your guests some sort of favor to thank them for coming. This doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive. It could be something as simple as a pretty scented candle or a small box of chocolates.

If you do decide to give favors, you can either include them in the invitations or you can have them ready at the event.

Whatever you decide, just remember that it’s totally up to you! There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to whether or not you should do gifts at your bridal shower. It’s entirely up to you and what will make you and your guests happy.

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