Is it absolutely necessary to have a bridal shower? it is seeming like it will just be an added expense that I cannot afford and though other people are supposed to be planning it, I am already putting a lot on my entire bridal parties shoulders. I am getting married in Columbus, OH and I live in New York City. I have two MOH;s and one lives in ST. Louis and the other lives in Delaware. They are planning my bachelorette party in ATL. People are doing soooo much traveling. My FI has a lot of family in Columbus, Detroit and Alabama so I imagine that many of them will not make it. and my family is scattered as well.
so...my question is, can i skip bridal shower?
i was thinking maybe a cute brunch with my closest family members in NYC could substitute for that. low key, not a lot of people. and cheap.