Archive for the Wedding History and Traditions Category

Archive for the ‘Wedding History and Traditions’ Category

Bridal Showers: A Quick and Painless History Lesson

Posted on: May 16th, 2016 by Showroom on Hubbard 1 Comment

As we roll into wedding season, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the history and evolution of wedding traditions. We have become so accustomed to some traditions that we no longer even question how they began or why they exist, so we wanted to get to the bottom of these. First up, we’ll be diving into bridal showers, one of the most charming, pre-wedding festivities, and the journey they’ve taken to become the bridal showers we know today.

Legend has it that bridal showers date back to 16th century Holland. According to the tale, a young, upper-class woman fell in love with a man of poor status. The woman’s father did not approve of the marriage and instead wanted her to marry a wealthy pig farmer. However, as any good love story goes, the woman would not give up her heart’s desire, even when her father said her dowry would be withheld. The woman’s friends were so touched by her devotion to the young man, that they each contributed a gift, creating an even better dowry than her father could have given her.


In the United States during the Victorian Era, bridal shower gifts were placed inside an inverted parasol. The gifts were then showered over the bride, hence the term “shower.” The gifts, along with the celebratory nature of the party, set the foundations for the bridal showers we continue to have.

Today’s bridal showers have come a long way. They can range from quiet celebrations in a friend’s home to lavish catered affairs with the ever-more-popular invitation of both sexes. Though we no longer literally shower the bride with gifts or need to depend on our fathers’ dowries, the sentiment behind this event is the same as it’s always been—celebrating love and the upcoming nuptials.

Check back soon for more tidbits on the history of weddings. In the meantime, contact us to learn more about hosting your own bridal shower with us!

Photos from here.