Saturday, May 1, 2010

Always a bridesmaid, sometimes a bride.

     Today I went to Megan's  first bridal shower.  I wondered why we have such things- is it just another ploy to get more gifts?  The answer is basically, yes.  I got this from Wikipedia (sometimes it is reliable so I use it, okay?) "The custom of the bridal shower is said to have grown out of earlier dowry practices, when a poor woman's family might not have the money to provide a dowry for her, or when a father refused to give his daughter her dowry because he did not approve of the marriage. In such situations, friends of the woman would gather together and bring gifts that would compensate for the dowry and allow her to marry the man of her choice.".   Now, the hope is that we shower the bride with gifts for her new home.
      It was a good thing for Megan.  She and Hamzah are so unlike other couples.  They both are still living with their parents and have basically no belongings other than clothing.  They just saved up and purchased a cool new sofa, and have a TV, though.  The shower guests were kind enough to bring her pots and pans, silverware, towels, a bedspread, toilet paper :), a toaster oven (or two), and her favorite, a mixer.  No lingerie though....
In return, the guests were given a big meal of fattening food
and forced to dress each other in toilet paper
but everyone went home with a prize.


Her Mom said...

Ahhh yes, the rosebud! Looks like fun.

Jen said...

Hi K,

I'm so glad you guys had a great time! It's true I didn't know where a bridal shower came from, but you have opened my eyes to new information. Keep the blog going!! I love it!