Post # 1
Well, my mother brought it up last weekend and basically told me you need to have a gift opening. But she said it should be held at my house, and that I need to invite all the out of town guests (yes I know its tradition), but I do NOT want those guests at my wedding (yes, I lost that battle with my mother lol), let alone entertaining them at my house.
There is a football game that day (2:30) and I would really like to spend it with my soon to be husband at the stadium watching the game…since we are avid football fans. Plus I have no interest in waking up early, leaving the hotel, hauling my presents over, cleaning my house and having to host 20+ people over.
I find gift openings to be very boring. I would rather have MY bridal party along with my parents and FIL over for some drinks and BBQ later in the evening. No presents being opened. Something nice and relaxing.
What are your thoughts on this?
Thanks for reading my rant 🙂
Post # 3
I have always hated day -after gift openings and never had one myself. I think it’s so rude to open gifts in front of other people, so everyone’s gifts are mentally comapred to everyone else’s. (Yes, I realize the hypocrisy of this postion as I love a good shower).
Boring, boring, boring. I would rather have a lazy sleep- in day as a guest, go out for brunch etc with friends or family I haven’t seen for a while then get on my way home. Even if I lived locally, I don’t want to come, thanks very much.
Post # 4
People actually do this? And invite all the out of town guests to participate?! That’s not only boring, it’s rude. At least a shower is thrown for you by others.
You are not a child at a birthday party who can’t delay gratification one second longer. Open gifts and acknowledge them in private or in the presence of immediate family only, if you must.
Post # 5
I’d never heard of a “Gift Opening” as an actual event before the Bee. Not only would I not want to have one, I definitely wouldn’t want to GO to one! Doesn’t sound like you really want to have one either… so don’t! Especially not if it’s just going to be something to make you stress out the day after your wedding. Who needs that?!
Post # 6
I’d say do an open invite for anyone (including out of town guests) to join you at the Riders game! There is no fan quite like a riders fan, and it would be a fun post-wedding activity! I know if I went to a wedding in Regina as an out-of-town guest, I’d love to go to a game while in town!
Post # 7
It’s traditional with my relatives, but few people actually open the gifts that day anymore. I’ve never known the bride and groom to host it though!
We had a BBQ that the ILs hosted. We had a good time.
Post # 8
@ykyegbride: That sounds awesome!
Post # 9
@AB Bride: Right?! I was always amazed how many Riders fans would bus in for a game in Edmonton, I can’t even imagine what they are like in SK!
Post # 10
I personally really dislike gift openings as well. You are right they are boring, I have been to one or two, they are also kind of awkward, and impersonal.
My mom asked if FI and I were doing one, because she wanted to see what we all got lol. I said absolutely not, but invited her to come over for dinner a few days after our honeymoon, after we had opened our presents. (She lives two hours away). She can check out what we got then. She’s fine with that, and we don’t have the pressure of opening presents in front of an audience.
Post # 11
Definitely take charge of this! I love the suggestion of inviting guests to the game with a casual BBQ afterwards.
We hosted out-of-town guests for coffee, fruit and pastries from 9-noon the morning after, because we genuinely wanted to and it was really fun, but exhausting! Our families had to fly in, so we were really happy to show them our house for the first time. But I was so tired after, my mom had to vacuum for me! Also, most of our guests mailed their gifts ahead of time, so there were no gifts to open.
Post # 12
don’t do it. it’s boring for you and your guests.
Post # 13
@spacey: I’ve never heard of this. I’d say have a casual get together for whomever would like to stop by. I wouldn’t open the gifts tho unless someone specifically asked you to open theirs.