Bridal Shower – reading cards?

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: What do you do when reading a card at your shower?
    Read the whole thing in silence, make everyone wait until you're done : (0 votes)
    Read parts of it in silence (if it's a lenthy card), go back and read it in full later : (4 votes)
    44 %
    Read all of it out loud : (0 votes)
    Just look for the name, smile and aknowledge them, read the whole thing later : (4 votes)
    44 %
    Other (please explain) : (1 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 2
    9859 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
    15 posts
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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 # 5
    9859 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
    3649 posts
    Sugar bee

    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
    145 posts
    Blushing bee

    I was the MOH 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

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