Duty Delegation: Who should give the bridal shower?

Q: Is it the bridesmaid’s duty or responsibility to give the bride a shower?  If not who should give it?

A: Contrary to common misconceptions, bridesmaids are not required to host a bridal shower, although they certainly may do so.  Friends of the bride and groom, friends of parents, and members of the wedding party other than the immediate family may host a shower, as may an office staff or other colleagues. Traditionally, the bride’s or groom’s immediate family members do not host a shower (doing so may appear self-serving), but these days it is happening more often. Under certain circumstances, for example, when a bride-to-be lives far away from her family or is visiting her future family prior to the wedding, the groom’s sisters or mother may correctly host the shower.

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