Should My Future Mother-in-Law Host My Bridal Shower?

by BRIDES Staff

You'll have many pre-wedding parties leading up to the big "I do," but family members shouldn't be listed as a hostess on any of the shower invitations. Instead, give your bridesmaids and family friends a chance to plan these gifting celebrations!

Courtesy of Lisa LefkowitzCourtesy of Lisa Lefkowitz

Is it proper etiquette for a mother-in-law to host a bridal shower?

See more: The Most Flattering Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

No. Members of the couple's immediate family (sisters, mothers and grandmothers) shouldn't host showers, since the whole point of this particular party is to add to the bride's trousseau, and your families shouldn't be the ones asking for presents on your behalf. Non-related bridesmaids, friends of your mother or your fiancé's mother, or more distant relatives generally assume the hostess duties.

More from BRIDES:
The Latest Wedding Dress Trends from NY Bridal Fashion Week
50 Genius Cost-Cutting Tips from Real Brides
The Most Creative Wedding Cakes of the Year
Top 20 Affordable Beach Honeymoons
Engagement Rings for Under $5,000