Today in class we had a brief discussion of who gets a wedding shower / baby shower. As I figured it would be, the purpose of a shower has been lost through he years.
When asked what is the purpose of a shower the answer was. - To get or give gifts.
Why give gifts? - Because they are getting married.
If someone has lived with their fiancee for 3 - 5 years and they are now going to get married, do they get a shower? - Of course they do, they are getting married.
Wedding showers are no longer associated with the starting of a household together.
Baby showers are now something that the mother deserves for each child, because they are having a baby. It is an opportunity to rake in more presents.
This generation has never known of a world without bridal and baby registries. Having a shower or multiple showers is now a right.
The only place that they drew a line was if people ask for entertainment (big screen TV's, X-Box or Wii) as wedding presents. The rationale is "why should we pay for their entertainment." Why not, we are paying for everything else.