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Showers of happiness and love for the bride-to-be

  • Published at 01:34 pm December 15th, 2018
AT, Dec 18, wedding issue, Pg 99
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Every bride wants to have a special day before the big day with her best friends, sisters, and family members.

It's also an opportunity for visitors to give the lady of the hour, blessings that will enable her to build up a home with her future spouse. Bridal showers are an opportunity to share stories and exhortation, eat and drink, and give careful consideration to the lady of the hour. This specific function is typically hosted by close friends and sisters of the bride.

Here are a few ideas and customs that will help you make the day special for the bride-to-be.

Customs for the bridal shower

A bridal shower is customarily hosted by the maid of honour, who’s usually someone among her friends and sisters. For a casual, easygoing shower, the host generally picks up all the expenses, yet for a more elaborate shower, the host may converse with alternate bridesmaids towards the beginning of the arrangements and discuss cost distribution. When the budgeting is done, the host can request that the bridesmaids help with the arrangement - to set up, adorn, and so on in order to make the shower more special. To make bridal shower even more exciting, bridesmaids can set a few themes which can add an extra fun element to the function.

Exchange thoughts

Have a shower focused not on the trading of tangible gifts, but instead on the trading of heartfelt gifts like exhortation, feelings and sentiments.

Create a memory book

Make a memory book, requesting that each guest compose a page or two detailing their fondest memory with the lady of the hour. Assemble these accounts alongside photographs into a memory scrapbook. 

Plan a slumber party 

Break out the night robe, sleeping bags and tubs of frozen yoghurt – it's the ideal opportunity for genuinely connecting. A slumber party is another awesome way for the lady of the hour to delight in that exceptional association she has with the ladies throughout her life.

Go on a day trip

A few brides-to-be may cringe at the prospect of an emotional shower and intimate bonding with her girls. Rather, taking to the outside can be a ground-breaking elective for a passionate and physical discharge. Enjoy a day with your girls at a resort, chilling and partying. This can be very refreshing for the bride to be and also for the bridesmaids.

Customarily, a bridal shower is held at the host's home. However, popular options include a favourite restaurant, park, or banquet hall - depending on the size of the guest list and the bride’s preferences. Make sure to invite close female relatives of both the bride and groom.

While bridal shower guests are generally all ladies, today many are coed affairs that celebrate both the bride and the groom. Prior to settling on a choice about whether to incorporate men at the function, discuss with the groom to be sure that he is comfortable to go to a shower and to request an appropriate male list of attendees if the answer is "yes".

Ai buro bhaat – a traditional Bengali way of  celebrating the bridal shower

On the other hand, there is another traditional way of celebrating the bridal shower which is called ‘Ai buro bhaat’. This refers to the last feast that the bride-to-be appreciates in her own home before she leave for her in-laws’ house. It’s usually a small gathering where the lady's more distant family and dear companions participate in the festivals and want her to enjoy all that life has to offer. The 'ai buro bhaat' comprises of common Bengali food, for example, rice, luchis, vegetables and desserts, for example, rice puddings and other customary treats. Basically, it’s a way of showering the bride with all the love her family has to offer. 

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