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Would You Want an Office Party?

Would You Want an Office Bridal Shower?

Some offices have the tradition of celebrating a bride-to-be with an office bridal shower. These resemble your usual shower typically put on by friends and family, except it's planned by your office mates and the guest list is limited to your female co-workers. Sometimes the women spearheading the shower will try and surprise the bride and they secretly send invitations to all female employees and include registry information. The party is typically held during lunchtime and likely takes place in a big conference room. More often than not, cake is involved.

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Astro_nerd Astro_nerd 9 years
No way. These people are not my friends, why would I want them involved in something as personal as this? Bridal showers with friends usually involve the bride-to-be doing embarrassing things and everyone revealing very dirty details about themselves, and inevitable talk about the “wedding night, nudge nudge” – would I want to do that with random people? No!
darlene darlene 9 years
Nope, wouldn't do it
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
My office threw me a surprise shower when i got married. It was really nice and i thought it was a sweet thing to do.
emalove emalove 9 years
I got married last summer, as did another woman that I work with...our boss and co-workers had a little "party" for us after school one day last year (we're teachers) and gave us some gifts that everyone had chipped-in for. It was really nice!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
ewray4381 ewray4381 9 years
I think it depends on the relationship you have with your coworkers. If I were friendly with my coworkers then it could be a fun diversion from the usual work. However if its just a work-only relationship, it could get awkward.
discocactus discocactus 9 years
I suppose this would depend on the kind and size of the office you worked in, but always for it would be no. Never. I think it's hard to keep things fair and consistent in offices with these things, and it could go very, very bad.
bbmahal637 bbmahal637 9 years
My coworkers are throwing me one in two weeks and I find it incredibly endearing and thoughtful. :)
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I work with a lot of boys. It would be weird. And not my style.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
My office had one for me and it was lovely! It was kitchen themed and really fun. Themed cake and wrapping, the whole nine yards. They were all invited to the wedding too though, so it wasn't like I was asking for gifts and not inviting them to the ceremony.
laPetiteJuJu laPetiteJuJu 9 years
Jill, I agree - maybe something small like a cake or lunch, but I don't really think presents should be involved especially if no one from the office is invited to the wedding!
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
My office is in the process of planning a shower for a male coworker right now. It's mostly a celebration, but there will be a few gifts as well. I don't have any problem with not being invited to the wedding.
jelibeann jelibeann 9 years
it's a sweet gesture, but a little awkward - I'm getting married at the end of the month and about half of my office is invited (out of 15) and they want to take me out for a "bachelorette party" this week...I just feel bad that people who aren't invited are almost forced to deal with celebrating...hopefully I can keep it to one drink at a happy hour, to avoid overkill
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
jill37 jill37 9 years
I think the number of parties and gifts can be a little overwhelming, even for the bride. I would love something casual, like a surprise cake, but nothing that involved gifts or decorations. Everyone gets a slice of cake (even the men!) and then you all go about your day.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
that would make me feel really awkward.
Zulkey Zulkey 9 years
my fiance is inviting all his coworkers; i am inviting none.
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 9 years
We had an office shower for a coworker--but one who worked in our sister office. I felt bad once I got there for not chipping in on her gift, because the office went all out with personalized cookies and catered food and linens. Now I'm not one to deny gifts, but it is a little odd.
killertomato killertomato 9 years
This whole gender non-neutrality is too much for my 21st century mind to wrap itself around. Since I work in a department of six people and five of them are men, it would be completely weird and awkward for there to be a party for me and none of my closest co-workers invited. I realize I'm probably alone in this, but I don't get it.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I don't know, I really don't like a lot of focus on me for things like that. I am weird I know. It could be fun if it was after hours. The barge of questions. Oh my. We'll see when it happens to me how I react.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Ew. No.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
shanimalcracker I agree.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
I think this would be pretty fun! Even if they aren't coming to the wedding, it's nice to feel appreciated at work. Of course, when it comes time for me, we'll see how I feel about it.
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