Traditionally, showers are given by the wedding attendants, but friends and relatives often host these events. The purpose of a bridal shower is to have an opportunity for friends and family to gather and give gifts to the prospective bride and groom. The type of shower given will designate the type of gifts to be brought. If you decide to host a shower, make sure that you first speak with the bride. She can help you with the party by supplying a list of guests. You will also need her input to decide on a convenient date and the theme for the shower. And it is customary to provide refreshments which can be minimal or extravagant depending on the party. When sending shower invitations, make sure that the shower's theme is included on the notices, so that guests may bring the appropriate gifts. In addition, inform the guests on whether this is a formal or casual event, so that they can dress accordingly. Showers are a great way to honor a wedding event. For more information on bridal showers, consult an event planner.