Wedding Traditions and History: The Bridal Shower

Bridal Showers have been traced back to 16th century Holland. There is a Dutch legend pertaining to the first bridal shower. It is believed that a young, wealthy Dutch girl fell in love with a grain miller’s son and wanted to marry him. Her father was opposed to the marriage and refused to give his daughter her dowry. When the village folks and friends heard the news, they brought gifts to fill her dowry so the girl could begin her married life.  And so the custom began of showering a bride-to-be with gifts before she embarks on her new journey as a wife.

Photo courtesy The Glam Pad

Photo courtesy The Glam Pad

Bridal Showers gained popularity in the United States in the 1930’s and have been going strong ever since. Of course, they were much simpler back then compared to the modern day bridal showers!

Photo by Jose Villa

Photo by Jose Villa

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Questions for Stacy: What’s a Junior Bridesmaid?

Stacy McCain Event Planning is excited to launch our new 2013 blog series entitled Questions for Stacy.  Here we will help answer some frequently asked questions in order to assist you with the wedding planning process. Here we go!
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QUESTION:
I’m currently putting together my bridal party, which potentially includes some family members aged 12 – 15.  I’ve heard that some brides include ‘Junior Bridesmaids’ in their wedding… what exactly is a Junior Bridesmaid?  What does being a Junior Bridesmaid entail?
ANSWER:
The typical age range of Junior Bridesmaids is 9 – 15 years old.  They usually wear something similar to what the bridesmaids are wearing, but more age appropriate.  They can be involved in bridal showers and wedding-related tasks (overseeing the guestbook for example) but do not participate in more adult-focused events such as the bachelorette party.  Serving as a Junior Bridesmaid signifies that a person is a VIP of the bride, just not quite old enough to serve as a full-fledged bridesmaid.