What to Wear to a Bridal Shower: Top Dresses Ideas

Even before your wedding day, there are many parties you and your partner can organize for your guests. Engagement party, bachelorette party, and bridal shower. If you were wondering who, when, and where to organize a bridal shower, then look no further. You are about to find out everything about it.

What is a Bridal Shower

The bridal shower is a traditional thrown party to celebrate a bride-to-be. They are typically attended by the bride’s closest women friends and family members. You can find a pattern that these parties are usually held during the day, on weekend days. Games can be played while every bridal shower should have a theme. Bride or women that throw a party for her choose the theme and decor. You can expect to get brunch or lunch on bridal showers.

Girls holding their drinks at the bridal shower, making a toast

Basic Dress Code Etiquette – What & What Not to Wear

When it comes to bridal shower etiquette we can’t say there is one, strict that mandates wearing something in particular. You can follow your style, and not experiment with new cuts and colors. Go with anything that makes you feel like you – comfy, fun, and most of all appropriate.

Don’t wear white or black. If the invite doesn’t state otherwise, leave white color for the bride since it is a traditional shade for her. Black is bold yet you should try to avoid it as well for bridal shower. It is traditionally connected to mourning, so it is not recommended for weddings in general. 

The safe option is to choose the outfit that you would wear for a weekend brunch. Even if casual doesn’t mean the same for all of us, we recommend a flowy floor-length dress or a ruffled burgundy dress with the off-the-shoulder bodice.

Long Bridesmaid Dresses
Dress ID: 206479, 104738

Pay Attention to The Theme

Every bridal shower has a theme. The theme adds a personality to the party, so it is important to think about it when you start planning it. From the pajama party to Great Gatsby inspired one. No matter if you want a theme that is simple or you wish something special, you should dress accordingly.

If the theme is beachy and summery then you should go for a sundress and flat sandals. However, if the bridal shower theme is Disney, then princess dresses are the must-have!

Who is Hosting the Bridal Shower

The bridal shower is usually and traditionally hosted by bridesmaids, maid of honor, bride’s close friends, or bridal attendants. Tradition etiquette says that mother and mother-in-law should stay out of planning the shower. However, no matter who is hosting the bridal shower they should definitely communicate with each other and work together on creating a pleasant day for everyone.

Bridal shower cookies

Location and Season of the Bridal Shower

The location of the bridal shower depends on the bride and her guests. If the bride lives in or near her home, then the shower should take place in her hometown. On the other hand, many bridesmaids opt for destination bridal shower, so it is not strange for all of them to hop into a plane and go to another state. This is also possible if the bride lives in another country.

The specific location depends on a budget and bridal shower type. From friend’s backyards to restaurants and from wine tasting room to the spa salons.

The best time to organize a bridal shower is from three months to three weeks before the wedding day. You can pick a location depending on the season. If it is spring or summertime, a shower can be held outdoor. However, in winter you can arrange a spa day for your bride and whole bridal crew.

What to Wear to a Bridal Shower As a Guest

Here are our suggestions on what to wear if you are attending a bridal shower as a guest.

Romantic Lilac Dress

A-Line Off-the-Shoulder Floor-Length Chiffon Lace Bridesmaid Dress With Split Front
Dress ID: 165853

If the theme of the bridal shower is romantic then this is the right dress for you. The floor-length A-cut is simply beautiful and it suits many women with different body shapes. Lace bodice with the off-the-shoulder neckline will enhance your neck, so make sure to add some beautiful eye-catching necklace.

Short and Sweet

A-Line Scoop Neck Knee-Length Chiffon Lace Bridesmaid Dress With Ruffle
Dress ID: 190718

Wearing mini is definitely allowed on a bridal shower. You can make this dress look wonderful on you by matching it with high heels, some nice clutch, and a coat. The lace scoop neckline is great for women who like their hands to be free, while also making their front appropriate for occasions like showers.

Pleated Baby Blue Dress

A-Line/Princess V-neck Tea-Length Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress With Pleated
Dress ID: 165865

We would definitely recommend this dress for the garden bridal shower. It is so flowy and beautiful, made of pleated baby blue material. The neckline is flattering, perfect for warm weather. The back looks interesting with the crisscrossed straps.

What to Wear to a Bridal Shower as a Bride-to-Be

If you are a bride heading to your bridal shower and you are not quite sure what you should wear, hear us out and look at our suggestions.

Creamy V-neck Dress

A-Line/Princess V-neck Knee-Length Chiffon Lace Bridesmaid Dress With Ruffle
Dress ID: 165849

Creamy instead of plain white is an excellent choice for a wedding dress or a shower attire. This V-neck dress with lace around it, A-line cut, and knee-length is perfect for brides-to-be that want to feel comfy yet very elegant.

Long Chiffon Dress

Sheath/Column Scoop Neck Floor-Length Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress With Cascading Ruffles
Dress ID: 190691

On the other hand, if you would like to wear a maxi length dress, you should pick this one made of chiffon. Cascading ruffle sleeves look sophisticated and elegant, perfect for the fall and winter seasons.

Two-Piece Dress

A-Line/Princess Scoop Neck Floor-Length Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress With Cascading Ruffles
Dress ID: 144764

Modern brides can wear two-piece dresses. They are great for more casual bridal showers, both outdoors and indoors. The white color matches every theme, while everyone will know who is the bride. The maxi length of the skirt and its cut will fit many different body types.


A bridal shower is a wonderful chance for relaxing, chatting, and generally having a good time with your crew. Since it occurs before the wedding day, you can share all your thoughts, fears, and hopes with your bridesmaids and friends. Let this be the day you and your girlfriends will never forget.

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