how to respectively get through the opening of gifts quickly at my shower?

posted 3 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Beachy0404:  I have no advice lol just shared worries. How awkward it seems to open presents, that you picked out yourself,  Its not like you can say “Oh how did you know I wanted this?!” Or “What a surprise!” Even saying “its beautiful” seems weird, because obviously you thought that it was nice- you put it on your registry!

Post # 4
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357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Have someone (bridal party?) keeping a list of every gift you get and who it’s from, and someone playing “Santa” and handing them off to you. Just keep them moving, ooh and ahh, say “ah, thanks Jane, this is great for _________!” and keep going.

It can be a little boring for your guests, and a little weird for you, and I honestly think its an outdated tradition to open them there, but many people do LIKE to see the recipient’s reaction to their gift as well.

Post # 5
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950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Get your bridal party to help you and don’t take the time to announce each gift

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Beachy0404:  FI is terrible at introducing me to people, so i know people in his family but i don’t know a lot of their names. i have this fear that i’m going to open their presents and like, not know where to look in the room to thank them. ughhh its going to be so awkward.

 

@SparkleBee11:  “How did you know this is exactly what i wanted?!?!?!” haha good point. its kinda awkward opening presents that you picked out yourself. especially if you’re like me a regularly stalk your registry to see what’s been purchased lol

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Beachy0404:  I don’t have an idea for rushing but I do have a game Idea. I always do gift bingo when I host showers. You pre print bingo cards (you can find them as free PDFs online) and people play bingo and fill them out based on what you receive while you do gifts to keep the attention off you. they get pretty into it and it keeps things lively instead of staring at you feeling awkward for an hour. You can also make your own (or better have the host make them) by looking at your registry and seeing what has been purchaaed. It increases the likelihood that there will be winners. I usually am prepared to play two rounds and have two winners.  Ties Are broken by guessing your birthday or middle name or something random. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Beachy0404:  you could go over your registry and think of a nice thing to say about things if you are nervous.  ie – I can’t wait to make my grandmother’s lasagna in this, this will be perfect for tea on a wintery day etc.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Play a game with it. Every shower I’ve been to has had a gift bingo or similiar. They write down what they think you’ll get on a bingo card and whoever gets bingo wins a small prize. That way people aren’t bored and still pay attention. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@bella128:  I think its kind of rude to let other people open your shower gifts and then not acknowledge each gift. That’s kind of the point or showers, to do as you suggested is a bit iof a slap in the face to your guests who brought the gifts.

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@Beachy0404:  Once at a shower I was an expiditer.  I would open the envelopes, but not read the cards, and take the bows off for the hat maker, , and take tissue out of the bag, then the guest of honour would open the gift up, and we moved along quite quickly. 

 

Post # 13
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2620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i went to shower where the guest of honor told people before hand not to put wrapping on the gifts- only bows/ribbon so all the gifts were dispayed around the room and people just browsed at what she got- the vip guest did a generic thank you all speech and everyone ate and played games…

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Beachy0404:  I agree with those whom have said play a gift bingo. It really does make things easier. At my friends bridal shower, she opened the cards and read them and than gave them to me so I would write down what the person gave as a gift so she could send out thank you cards later. We played gift bingo and it went so smooth and as she opened them she thanked everyone in the process. It didn’t seem awkward at all! I’m hoping my girls will do the same at my bridal shower this year as we aren’t registering for anything. We aren’t expecting gifts from anyone (thats why we aren’t registering). 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Beachy0404:  we did a photo game when I was opening mine. They went over to the poster and guessed my age from each photo. It was nice not having so many eyes on me. There was still people watching but it was not nearly as awkard.

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