Compare to wedding invites, the wedding shower invitations doesn’t have to follow specific rules. They only need to contain the following information: The guest of honor’s name; The date; The time; The address; The theme if there will be one.
There is no need to purchase formal, engraved invitations unless the wedding shower is to be a formal affair. The invitations can be hand-written, computer generated and even emailed. Because a bridal shower is an unofficial event, there’s really no set protocol.
Don’t forget to include RSVP information! You’ll want to give your guests a way to let you know whether or not they can attend. Most hostesses give a home phone number and email address. Also set a response date for your guest that allows you time to plan, shop and prepare.
Many hostesses choose to include wedding gift registry information in with the wedding shower invitation. While this is becoming more acceptable, technically it’s considered poor etiquette. The shower is supposed to be an optional party thrown in the bride’s honor. Gifts are expected.
It’s not good etiquette to request gifts. Including registry information is considered a plea for gifts in many circles. Guests are welcome to call the bride’s mother, maid of honor or shower hostess for wedding registry information.