Back in the day, weddings were very gendered. Sometime between the engagement and the wedding day, the bride, along with her female family members, bridesmaids and close girlfriends would have a bridal shower (oftentimes in place of a bachelorette party). Here, women would give the bride home goods along with feminine gifts like perfume, lingerie and spa goods. Today, wedding showers with both members of the engaged couple are increasingly common. Men and women are invited to this event, and the gifts exchanged are more centered on items needed for building a home together. If you're in charge of throwing said shower, there are a lot of things you need to know.