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Unlocking Tradition: Exploring the Charms of a French Bridal Shower

 A rooftop wedding reception at a French bridal shower, showcasing the elegance of the event.

The French bridal shower, known as "Enterrement de vie de jeune fille," has some unique traditions that make it distinct from an American Bachelorette party and the English hen party yet, you will see some similarities. It’s most often a weekend celebration filled with fun activities and surprises for the bride-to-be.


The activities during the French bridal shower can vary, but some common elements include:


A wedding reception in a glass building adorned with pink flowers, capturing the charms of a French bridal shower.

1. Surprise Element:


The French bridal shower is often planned as a complete surprise by the bride's close friends. The bride-to-be is not aware of the exact details of the event, adding an element of excitement and anticipation.



Women in pink dresses holding presents at a French bridal shower, adding a playful and festive touch to the celebration.

2. Themed Outfits:


It is common for the bride and her friends to dress up according to a specific theme or in matching outfits. This adds a playful and festive atmosphere to the celebration and makes the group easily recognizable.

Symbolic French bridal shower gift: a key representing the transition from singlehood to marriage.

3. Symbolic Objects: 


The French bridal shower often involves the use of symbolic objects that represent the transition from singlehood to marriage. For example, the friends may give the bride a key as a symbol of unlocking the door to her new life as a married woman.





Five women at a French bridal shower blow bubbles in the air, enjoying games and challenges with lighthearted fun.

4. Fun Challenges and Games:


The event usually includes various challenges and games for the bride-to-be. These can range from silly tasks to more meaningful activities that reflect the bride's personality and aspirations. Her friends participate in games and challenges that are designed to be fun and lighthearted.  I once was visiting a church near Lyon.  We kept seeing cars drive up, occupants jump out scrambling. Jump back into their car and head out. After seeing this repeated a couple times we realized they were on a scavenger hunt!  They were in good spirits and it looked like a ton of fun. 


A bride in a wedding dress lingerie holds a bouquet of white roses, embodying elegance and romance.

5. Lingerie Tradition:


A distinct tradition of French bridal showers is the focus on lingerie. The friends of the bride often gift her lingerie sets or individual pieces as a symbol of her love story; setting it off in style, femininity and sensuality.




 A table adorned with pink confetti and donuts, part of a French bridal shower with special treats and delicacies.


6. Special Treats:


It is common to have special treats and delicacies during the French bridal shower. This can include a cake or dessert designed specifically for the occasion, as well as other delicious snacks and drinks.



Bathtub adorned with flowers and candles, part of a French bridal shower spa experience for the bride-to-be.

7.  Spa Treatments:


It is common for the group to indulge in spa treatments like massages, facials, or manicures/pedicures as a way to relax and pamper the bride-to-be.




 A charming table setting adorned with pink napkins and silverware, part of a French bridal shower celebration.

8. Dinner or Night Out:


The festivities usually concludes with a special dinner or a night out, where the bride and her friends enjoy a meal together, share stories, and celebrate.




Overall, the French bridal shower is a time for the bride-to-be to gather with her closest friends and celebrate her transition from being single to married. It is a joyful and festive occasion filled with laughter, love, and special moments shared between friends.


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