Did you (or will you) use shower gifts before the wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Did anyone use their wedding/shower gifts before the actual wedding?
    Yes - they are yours, and you can start using them whenever you like! : (54 votes)
    71 %
    No - it's bad luck, or otherwise inconsiderate : (17 votes)
    22 %
    Other... : (5 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    3265 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    We opened ours all up and use everything. If you’re concerned just fold the boxes flat to store them and keep the gift receipt attached to that. Then you also have nice storage boxes for the next time you move.

    Post # 4
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Well I didn’t have a shower, but I just got a gift last week shipped to our house. Absolutely I opened it up and began using it immediately! 

    Post # 5
    9526 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We used things as we got them. Would have been a pain in the ass if we didn’t go through with the wedding, but it wasn’t an issue!

    Post # 6
    649 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Aside from the Kitchen Aid mixer I got at my shower (I opened that baby right up!) we kept all of the gifts from the shower and the mailed gifts unopened in our spare room. When we got back from our honeymoon and bought out the registry, opened and “unpacked” everything, it was like Christmas and a glorious moving day all rolled into one.

    I just did it that way because I thought it would be amazing to have all new kitchen stuff and towels and bedding all in the same weekend. And it was amazing. 

    Post # 8
    4163 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    I voted other, because I used the bathroom scale before the wedding, but that was it. DH and I both had roommates and he didn’t move in until the wedding, so I wanted to use everything together for the first time (even though he didn’t care about the dinnerware, for ex.)

    Post # 9
    2100 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Nope. Used nothing until we were married. We kept them in boxes and in another room. 

    Post # 10
    20 posts
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’m not using mine till I get married. Not because I think it’s rude or otherwise, it’s just easier for me to keep everything in one place until I move. 

    Post # 11
    885 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I opened everything and put it away a couple weeks after my shower.  I had a free weekend day, and decided to just do it all at once, and get everything our of our spare bedroom.  We also hosted an “early Thanksgiving dinner” for our parents and sisters before our wedding, and we wanted to have our new stuff out for that.

    Post # 12
    1403 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Nope – actually we’re using 1 spatula.

    We live in NYC but the wedding and shower and all of our gifts are still back in our hometown of Michigan and we’re moving to Vermont in the next few months so we’re not bringing anything to NYC until we’ve moved.  I can’t wait to have a new home with NEW STUFF!

    Post # 13
    1566 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We’ll be putting everything away as soon as we write a thank you note for it. I think that’s the best way for me to keep on top of the thank you notes!

    Post # 14
    2571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    We didn’t use anything except a serving platter before we got married…lol

    Post # 15
    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    We used a couple things, but it wasn’t related to before/after the wedding. It was mostly because we were moving soon and didn’t want to open up a bunch of boxes and then have to repack them later. If we were already in our new house then I wouldn’t have had a problem opening them all and using them.

    Post # 16
    851 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I did not use anything until after the wedding (and yes my kitchen was a mess for almost a year because of it).


    After the wedding I returned a lot of the gifts in exchange for other items on my registry.  I realized that I did not need the wine glasses, etc and would rather have had the comforter set…..

    You may want to wait and see what you get.  You may find that after the wedding that  you received gifts that you really do not need.  You may also find that there are certain desirable items are still on the registry…….. 

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