A: The traditional hosts are friends of the bride, the couple, or friends of the couple’s parents. It has long been considered a breach of etiquette for immediate family members to host showers, because doing so gives the appearance of being self-serving. But it is becoming increasingly correct for family to host in certain situations, as when the bride is visiting her future in-laws and the groom’s mother or sister invites hometown friends to meet her. Also, more mothers and sisters of the bride are giving showers. Today, people should be guided by individual circumstances when deciding if family members will host. It has always been correct for more distant family members to host, such as aunts and cousins.
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