Pre-wedding Parties

Out of Town Bridal Shower HELP!

Ok, I need all your thoughts and opinions.  I am the maid of honor in my sisters upcoming wedding.  She live on the east coast, I'm in the midwest, the other bridesmaid is on the west coast, the wedding is out west where the brides parents live and there are family and friends of the bride and groom coming from all over.  
SO ~ WHERE and HOW do I throw my sister a bridal shower?!  Just to be upfront - we aren't too keen on the idea of having a "skype bridal shower".  Plus with people in so many different locations, I don't think that would work to well anyway.  
Thank you all for your input.

Re: Out of Town Bridal Shower HELP!

  • edited December 2011
    I don't know if this is stupid but something I would do (ps I'm quite strange so there you go) Have the guest list mail the gifts to their home but ask bride and groom not to open them. Or have them wrapped in a certain way to show they are shower gifts. Then the day before the wedding have a photo display shower. Each gift has a picture and the bride can see them that way with all the people. Ok thinking this might be stupid but always good to know what not to do lol.

  • banana468banana468 member
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    edited December 2011
    Please don't do this.  Is there a time that you and your sister can be in the same place at the same time prior to the wedding?

    I'm not a fan of Skype bridal showers or any kind of long distance event that doesn't actually HOST the people you're inviting.

    I was asked to do this myself a few years ago and I sucked it up and did it because the person was family.  The note turned me off and I wasn't thrilled that I essentially received a request to mail a gift when no one had any intention of hosting me.
  • edited December 2011
    I think I would just skip a shower.
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  • aprilcduncanaprilcduncan member
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    edited December 2011
    Agreed.  At least in my family, it would rub people the wrong way to send a request to send a gift.  If there's not a place where everyone or at number of people will be all together, I'd skip it too.
  • edited December 2011
    If you're having a bachelorette party, is there any way you can have it the day after the bachelorette party?
  • edited December 2011
    We had the same type of situation (literally everyone was in different cities and states) and the solution was not having a shower. It was a bummer, but there just wasn't any way to make it happen.

    You might want to ask your sister if she's already made plans for when she'll be in town prior to the wedding. If you're able to travel a few days early and can think of ~15-20 local women to invite then a shower might be possible.
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