Does anyone else feel uncomfortable getting gifts?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes, I feel the same way!! 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

yes! and also, I feel so uncomfortable opening gifts in front of people! I absolutely hate the center of attention or any attention being on me.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yes! That hour of unwrapping gifts at my shower the past weekend – in front of everyone was slow torture. Not that i don’t appreciate all the gifts, it just makes me feel so uneasy and i hated being at the center of attention and being “showered” with gifts just because i am getting married…

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I didn’t know gifts were given at engagement parties… I would feel awkward then.  Every one I’ve been to said no gifts, so we obliged.  I do feel uncomfortable opening gifts in front of people, too. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@GeorgiaBride5:  I’m with you. Gifts at an engagement party? I would feel weird receiving them too.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@LilRhodyGem:  I got gifts at my engagement party. Mostly wine other bottles of booze, gift cards to restaurants, A scrap book, cash…My mother bought me and my husband-to-be a pair of kick ass shoes. < I know, what in the hell does that have to do with being engaged???Nevertheless, me and my husband did not make a presentation of opening gifts. People don’t usually give gifts for an engagement party, and I didn’t want other people to feel uncomfortable. I was appreciaitive of the gifts, but they were beyond unnecesssary. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We were given some small gifts at our engagement party, mostly bottles of wine and champagne and some cash. We didn’t really have anything to open, and the cards with cash we opened the next day so that wasn’t necessary awkward. What I’m nervous about is my shower in just about 2 weeks. What are you supposed to say after you open each gift?! “wow, a blender, thanks! We’ll be sure to use it often for smoothies!” followed immediately by, “wow! Some towels! We’ll use these after we shower!”???? How weird! Any advice!? 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I totally felt that way, like a kid at their 8th birthday party, but I was 30 years old and I felt I had done nothing to deserve all the gifts! I felt really guilty and awkward opening presents at my shower, but of course I was also grateful for all the thought and care put into choosing the gifts. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Totally!!  We got a couple of cards & bottles of wine when we first got engaged.  We didn’t do a engagement party so It was actually kind of nice to get a few surpriseds here & there. But my bridal shower was the hardest.  We have a huge family and with my friends included there were over 40 women there.  I was not expecting so many gifts, especially big gifts!  It was good perperation though for the the wedding it’s self.  That’s even more overwhelming!!  At least by then you’ve spent so much on the wedding that it doesn’t feel quite as bad :).  What I have learned though is that people are really excited for you. We’ve been together 10 years and people had been wanting this to happen for a long time!!  I also felt that way about all of the help we got with the wedding, physically and monitarily.  But then I look at my nieces and cousins and realize I would love to do that for them when it’s their turn.  It helped me to think of that too :).

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

I agree with pp. I hate opening gifts in front of people I just feel like inside I may be thinking “oh cool” but my expression doesn’t portray that.

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