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Bridal Shower - Tradition of Sharing

Copyright 2004, Helen Marakis 
The Portara Gallery 

"Marriage is a door, which looks out upon a beautiful view. As that door is opened and the horizon unfolds before you, know that nothing is sweeter than the warmth of one hand within another." -- Collin McCarty

As summer approaches, there is a murmur of romance in the warming breezes. Soon there will be the excitement of arrangements and a whirlwind of activity as couples plan to celebrate their love in a union of marriage. Friends and family will gather to witness the nuptials and celebrate the joyous occasion. But before the wedding ceremony itself, there are other social occasions, which will honor the couple. One such occasion is the bridal shower.

The bridal shower is a wonderful and joyous time and usually the last chance for the bride and her close family and friends to have a warm, intimate and relaxing time together before her marriage. Family and friends have an opportunity to honor the bride's special day with special and memorable gifts. But the idea to give gifts did not become popular until the late nineteenth century. At one fashionable bridal shower, small gifts were placed inside a parasol and friends of the bride opened it over the bride's head. The presents "showered" down over her. The idea was such a hit in the fashion world that others quickly began to do the same. A bridal Wishing Well is also a popular idea included in many bridal showers. Use a gaily decorated basket or bucket for the "wishing well" and toss in your special and precious gifts along with your special wishes for the bride. While the tradition has long been to have the maid of honor host the shower, in recent years, the maid or matron of honor, a close friend, a family member or even a co-worker can host the shower.

Unique and personalized bridal shower gifts, such as beautifully and elegantly adorned frames with a favorite photo of the bridesmaid and bride or with the date of the wedding bring special meaning to a memento of the occasion. The more personalized the keepsake, the more memorable it becomes! The gift of an inspirational Byzantine icon ornament or a unique frame with an art poem or customized with names, events and even pictures make wonderful personalized reminders of how much you care. The lyrical words and artistic poems make you think about possibilities for having, doing, and being all that you really wish. Their chosen words beautifully express your innermost thoughts, while creating an uplifting message that speaks to the bride's heart.

And what bride wouldn't cherish a photo album from the bridal shower party, filled with her favorite pictures or meant to accommodate the photographs of the upcoming wedding? You can turn the bride's favorite photograph into an elegant and memorable image personalized on canvas and adorned with the finest Swarovski AB crystals. What a unique gift to display in your bridal shower basket!

Or the bridal party might choose to give the bride a pillow or sachet filled with the scents of calm and serenity - a thoughtful gift during an exhilarating but stressful time! These special gifts are stylishly adorned with trims, beads and fine chiffon ribbons and can be personalized to offer an intimate keepsake that will be cherished forever. They have a luxurious appearance and they make sentimental gift ideas that are certain to catch the eye of the bride-to-be. Their exquisite aromatherapy scents (smells of heaven!) will be the talk of your party and they're an absolute must have!

If you will be celebrating the marriage of cherished family or friends soon, visit to find great gift ideas for the most unique and creative wedding shower! At, you will discover how to present the bride with a gift that perfectly expresses your thoughts on this joyous occasion - the sharing of love and promise from your heart to hers.

"If you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life" -- Frank Lloyd Wright


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Helen Marakis owns The Portara Gallery, which delivers the finest gifts and unique creations for all occasions: 

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