Step mother to be

by Brenda j Jones
(Selkirk ny)

My Stepsons bride to be is having a bridal shower on the same weekend that my husband and I are suppose to go away. Am i suppose to cancel our plans?I haven't told my husband about the shower because its a secret and he cant keep secrets! Hes really looking forward to this trip!

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Bridal Shower
by: Ms P Etiquette

Hi Brenda,

Doesn't that always happen, two events seem to fall on top of each other...

The question comes down to what do you and your husband wish to do? The shower is usually only the women attend, so can your trip be rescheduled or can you leave late to the trip (or return early) to attend? You will have to let him in on the secret, so he understands the changes to the trip.

Otherwise, can you speak to the bride's family and explain that you will be away on a previously planned trip and cannot attend and will plan a separate shower for your side of the family. This could be viewed by her family as you trying to usurp attention away form their bridal shower. Not a great alternative, but one that can be done.

Good luck with your decision,

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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