Post # 1
So my shower is this Sunday (yay!)… I’ve searched on here for tips, and have seen the usual (watch out for dress length when sitting down, greet everyone, enjoy the day, etc. etc.) but what I’m most curious about because I’m not sure what to do is the CARDS! What about those super long ones, do you spend all that time reading in silence? Or do you quickly skim it then to keep it moving and no one gets bored… Do you read the cards out loud? I’m super excited for my shower but I’ve always felt awkward opening gifts, and especially the cards for some weird reason haha… thanks!
Post # 2
kristen182: I think it depends.
If the party is huge, look for the name(s) and acknowledge the person(s)
If the card is really funny and clearly meant to be read then read it but I find a lot of the notes are really meant to be just for you.
Post # 3
At my shower I just kinda skimmed over the card silently while everyone was watching and made sure I made eye contact and thanked whom ever it was form. Some of them were super long and I didnt want to spend all that time carefully reading every single word. On my way home I went back and read all of them very attentatively and I was able to enjoy them more.
Post # 4
MsGinkgo: Thanks! I’m not sure how huge is a huge party… I thinnk there will be 30 ladies?
Post # 5
kristen182: 30 people = 30 cards could add 30 minutes or more to the shower. I don’t think you need to read them all out loud 🙂
Post # 6
I personally find watching brides/mothers to be opening gifts at showers, to not be the most exciting thing in the world. Taking the time to read every word on the card, either to yourself, or out loud, would become mind-numbing.
In our area, a lot of brides register at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and they provide very small gift cards, to attach, with only the giver’s name. Plus guests may choose a more personal card, with a personalized message, and they might feel uncomfortable, if you read it out loud.
Post # 7
I was the Maid/Matron of Honor for a wedding and for the shower, it was my responsibility to read the cards (who it was from) out loud while the bride opened the gifts… it saved a lot of time
Post # 8
jessica.j.baron: Hmm interesting thought!
MsGinkgo: Haha wow, when you put it like that!