Bridal Showers: How to Throw a Wedding Shower For a Long-Distance Bride

A maid of honor is tasked with throwing a bridal shower for her friend — from across the country

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The Wedding Guru says: When friends and family are far apart geographically, a proxy shower is a perfect solution. With services like Skype, guests can actually “attend” the shower virtually. Some tech-savvy couples make use of video-conferencing and Web-meeting services to broadcast the shower live and in real time; consider videotaping the event to mail out afterward as a “party” favor.

Some logistics need to be addressed of course, but none are insurmountable. You might want to ask guests to avoid wrapping their gifts, so that the bride-to-be can see the gifts as they’re presented. Then, provide wrapping paper and note cards to guests so they can wrap each gift, which you’ll arrange to have shipped to the bride. In the same way as a regular shower, someone should be delegated the task of keeping a list of gift-givers and gifts, so that the bride can respond appropriately with a “thank you” card — even if she has thanked the guests “in person” via Skype (or whatever service you used for the shower).

I heartily suggest that you test the equipment before the shower date in order to be sure that everything is working when it’s needed. The bride can, of course, still have a registry and a Web site where guests determine what the couple needs. The proxy shower may present some complications and require more planning on your part, but I have no doubt that the bride will be thrilled with all your efforts!

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Congratulations — you're involved in a wedding! Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride or hubby-to-be, an attendant or a guest, Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all your need-to-know questions about your nuptials.

Judy Lewis is the founder of, the one-stop resource for services and products, promotions and specials, a Regional Bridal Show schedule, Wed Shop, and links to money-saving and wedding-related Web sites. In her spare time, Judy loves to compose poetry and create collages. She currently resides in Kingston with her husband and business partner, Jon.



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