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November 10, 2014

Wedding Week: Our Coed Bridal/Couples Shower

couples shower at the 94th aero squadron

Hi Kind Friends! Welcome to the first day of Wedding Week! Can you believe I’m getting married on SUNDAY?!

I know, I can’t believe it either. Especially since I’m writing this on October 15th. Hello from the past!

Today I’m sharing with you the details from my couples shower (AKA a coed bridal shower). On the beautiful day of August 23rd (two days shy of my 25th birthday), Chris and I got ready to celebrate our upcoming marriage with 30 of our closest family and friends.

The point of bridal showers are to “shower the bride with gifts she will need for marriage” – Don’t people do that already at the wedding? I think girl only showers may also have an emphasis on lingerie… at least that’s what it seems like in the movies! We just focused on having a good time with our family.

If you are throwing a bridal shower for yourself, note that many people that bring gifts to the shower won’t bring gifts to your wedding. Some people do both but not many.

couples shower ideas

Event location: 94th Aero Squadron
Cake: Publix (and so delicious)
Invites: evites.com

best friends coed bridal shower

My wonderful Maid of Honor Marie put together this entire event and my Mom and Sister helped with the day-of set up. I didn’t have to lift a finger! It was such a fun time.

Related: Wedding Shower Preparations with Mom and Bestie

wedding games

I did want to have some sort of games during the event but I didn’t want them to be too cheesy… So a lot of the traditional shower games were out the window. We ended up playing two fun games, one where we put together wedding dresses on the guys using toilet paper and the other where the men had to try and guess who their significant other was by just their smell. Chris and I won the wedding dress game but I honestly think that’s just because we were the guests of honor, ha! My sister in law’s creation was much better!

Check out a video where we shared a little of the venue and the funny games:

I wanted to throw a coed shower because doing a girls only party just didn’t seem as fun, also I don’t know that many girls! It would have ended up being mostly the same people at the bridal shower and the bachelorette so I decided to make this event for everyone to enjoy.

I also wanted to mention that I did not open gifts at my wedding shower. Personally, I think it is a little tacky and just awkward to open gifts in front of a crowd. It seems to be common but I’ve never been a fan of this practice.

couples wedding shower aero squadron

Dress: Plato’s Closet
Necklace: Small shop in Tennessee
Shoes: Payless

I was so happily overwhelmed with how many people wanted to celebrate our love. It was a blessed day.

Would you throw a bridal shower or a couples shower? Do you think they are necessary?
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4 Comments

  • Nivika

    We don’t really have bridal showers here but yours sounds really fun. In our culture we do have a mendi party which is fun.

    November 11, 2014 at 8:48 am Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      I haven’t heard of that! What do you do at a mendi party?

      November 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm Reply
      • Nivika

        The bride has henna done up her arms and all of the ladies have it done on their hands, and then we usually just eat and have a party.

        November 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm Reply

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