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Friends, aunts, cousins, members of the bridal party, or co-workers are all eligible to host the wedding shower. Immediate family members of the bride or groom should not host the wedding shower. This includes the mothers, grandmothers and sisters.
Exceptions to this rule are when the bride comes from a foreign country and knows no one here except her groom and his family - then they may plan the shower.
Traditionally it is not proper for the immediate family to "solicit" gifts for their children by hosting the shower for them.