What is the proper way to ask co-workers to contribute to a bridal shower for another co-worker?
We are throwing a bridal shower for one of our co-workers. It is office approved, but we need to pay for everything. How can we ask our co-workers to contribute?
May 19, 2011
Bridal Showers At Work
by: Kevin (Modern Manners and Etiquette)
The etiquette for the bridal shower at work varies from one office to the next.
As an example, if you work in an office that is all women, you may find that they have a protocol already set up for doing a bridal shower for employees. In that case, all you have to do is follow the same procedure.
If you are in an office environment that is mostly male, then most of them will probably be more interested in the food that will be at the event so that they can eat.
With that in mind, one suggestion that tends to work well in any office environment is to pass around an envelope for the bridal shower so that people can contribute what they want to without feeling pressured to put in a certain amount.
Where etiquette is concerned, this would be a proper thing to do. You need to be able to juggle putting on the bridal shower without offending people by directly soliciting them for money and making them feel uncomfortable.
Good luck with the bridal shower!