Post # 1
I am really liking the idea of doing gift opening with just my hubby to be and my daughter at our house, writing the thank you letters after each gift. I however have a feeling my MIL and grandmothers may be a little upset about this. I should add that we will be having many out of town guests. We are getting married on a friday and we really want to have a fun activity planned for Saturday such as a baseball game or maybe a paddle ford boat trip down the river. Do you think that if we have an activity planned so we can all still enjoy each others company it will be okay if we skip the gift opening. I might add I am not a fan of having people look at me opening gifts, hence why I am not having any showers.
Post # 3
I don’t know about your family, but my family would be upset. We always have a “gift-opening” party after the next morning brunch. I remember going to my older cousins when I was young!
Then again, it is still your choice. If you don’t want to open in front of everyone just don’t bring it up and don’t schedule it. If they ask just change the subject or tell them that you and your hubby had other plans. 🙂
Post # 4
@sarapep83: I think that you should be able to open your gifts however you want. One of my aunts suggested that I open the gifts at the wedding. I thought this was crazy not to mention would be a giant bore for everyone. I rather open them at home too.
Post # 5
We refused to have a gift opening after our wedding. My family was surprised because it’s what’s generally done, but I don’t think they actually minded. DH and I had already had enough of being the centres of attention and we just wanted to go on our trip. Plus, it’s a good thing we didn’t because we only received about 5 boxed gifts anyway…
Post # 6
I personally agree with you and think it would be nice to open it just the three of you. However; my FI and I don’t agree on that LOL He wants to have family over as thats what his family has always done (I’m sure that’s what my mom will want too). I like the idea of everyone doing something together on Sat since you’re having a fri wedding. Great idea to change up over just brunch.
Post # 7
@sarapep83: Yeah, have the activity and skip the gift opening.
My sister had a gift opening and recently said to me “that must’ve been so boring for you guys!” especially since her husband took a long time to open gifts, read cards aloud, etc.
I don’t actually remember if I was bored, but I think it would be boring enough for other people that we won’t actually do it.
Post # 8
I hate “gift openings”. I think it is insensitive to place any gift giver in a position where their gift is being publically compared to everyone else’s gift. I realize these functions are tradition in some areas, but that doesn’t mean I have to like the idea.