We don’t often hear about people having lingerie showers anymore – but why not?! Lingerie showers used to be common as part of the wedding process, but have recently taken the back burner to the modern bridal shower with gifts of household items. On #ShopNTL, we have so many great options for lingerie shower gifts, if only the tradition would resurface. Have you heard of a lingerie shower before? It’s time to take a trip down memory lane to see where the tradition came from and give some tips for hosting one!
The traditional bridal shower can be traced back to the end of the 1800s, and weren’t actually much different than they are now. Essentially, a traditional bridal shower took place with the bride and female guests, where financial and practical gifts were given to assist with the wedding. Back when bridal showers started, the purpose of gifts were to help with the actual wedding, as some families may not have been able to afford it otherwise – in those days where complicated dowries existed and families didn’t always have the funds to follow through with them. Now, gifts are to help the happy couple set up their home, upgrade their current stuff, or just shower them with excessiveness and (sometimes) beautiful lingerie!
For how lingerie showers came to be, it’s a little unclear, but it could possibly be traced back to how part of the idea behind showers were to solidify gender norms and prepare the bride-to-be for her new roles in the bedroom and the kitchen. Therefore, lingerie showers would take care of the bedroom aspect, as the bride-to-be is often gifted outfits and bridal lingerie and accessories to wow her new beau. Of course, our thinking has completely changed and our gender roles are more liberated and undefined. But for something different, a lingerie shower can be fun for the bride-to-be, the guests, and the family by simply eliminating those old-fashion connotations!
A lingerie shower is pretty much run the same way a typical bridal shower is. Delicious food and yummy drinks are served, games are played, and gifts are given. Pinterest is a great haven for some lingerie shower inspiration if you decide you want to throw one of these! Essentially, you’d swap the typical games for lingerie themed ones, and you’d shop for some bridal lingerie, sexy outfits, or props for the bride and her love. Just try to consider the bride’s comfort level and the guests before you choose your gift, as you don’t want to make anyone who is more conservative or traditional uncomfortable.
We found this lovely article with some tips on how to throw an amazing lingerie bridal shower, such as ensuring the MOH lets people know the bride’s size beforehand! This is vital, as when you’re ordering lingerie or shopping for it, you want to ensure you’re getting the right size as lingerie can be hard to return. We also recommend letting loose and enjoying the lighthearted atmosphere a lingerie shower can create. You can also reach out to our Bra Doctor if you have any bridal lingerie questions!
Have you ever been to a lingerie shower? If not, do you think you would enjoy one or plan one the next opportunity you have? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below, or chat with us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also pin some lovely wedding inspiration we’ve found from our Pinterest, and learn some helpful lingerie tips on our YouTube channel.