Post # 1
So on Father’s day one of my husband’s cousins asked us about our wedding gifts because, in her words, “we didn’t do a brunch and open our gifts with everyone else like normal or whatever”. Am I missing something? Is it common to open your wedding presents like this? We opened our gifts after we got home from our short trip just the two of us. I’ve always found opening gifts in front of others to be uncomfortable unless it is of course, a one on one exchange or something. Plus we had a really low key afternoon wedding…brunch the next morning would be a hassle for everyone (no one had to stay overnight anywhere but most people had to drive 30 min-1 hour- rural area, what can I say)
Have you heard of this or did you do this?
Post # 3
I’ve never been a part of something like this and I’m glad! One thing I hate about bridal showers is how the gifts get opened. It takes soooo long. I would not want to watch the couple open all their gifts after the wedding but thats just me.
Post # 4
I have heard of people doing this, although, personally I would feel uncomfortable doing so. Maybe it’s family tradition or more common in certain areas. I feel that opening the gifts should be a personal thing between the bride and groom.
Post # 5
About 10 of the last 15 weddings I went to had a brunch/gift opening the next day. I think it is weird personally (hey thanks for coming, now onto the loot!), but my aunt said she would be disappointed if we didn’t do a gift opening. The only convenient time is during the brunch, so…that is why I am doing it.
Post # 6
We are having a brunch the next day. It’s common to open gifts then, but we have decided to wait until we’re home just the two of us. There’s not a set rule about what happens at the brunch – it’s not a post-wedding shower.
Post # 7
My cousin did this and honestly I found it quite boring. We will be having a farewell brunch for our international guest but WILL NOT be opening presents then. I also think it it nice to do it just the two of us.
Post # 8
We’re going to be opening ours at a brunch the next day. My parents and my FILs are hosting it at the hotel where most people will be staying and we’ve invited our extended families as well as our wedding party and their dates.
I think it will be a great chance to see / hang out with everyone again and my parents really wanted to be able to see us open some of our wedding presents (we live 16 hours away in TX so they really won’t get to see anything otherwise).
Post # 9
It’s becoming more and more popular but I don’t really like the idea. Certain etiquette states that no gifts should ever be opened during the event/party. I don’t really care about etiquette most of the time, but opening gifts just seems awkward for everyone to me.
My wedding is sort of a destination wedding. It’s two hours away from where I live, up in the mountains. A lot of our guests are staying overnight so we are planning on having a brunch the next morning to spend time with everyone, but we won’t be doing the gift thing.
My friend on the other hand, totally loved it when she did it, so to each her own! But yes, it is becoming a trend.
Post # 10
I’m planning to have a brunch, but won’t be opening presents. I’m getting married in another state and would rather just pile things in boxes and mass ship them or just have people mail their gifts directly to me rather than bringing them to the wedding. Hopefully we won’t have too many presents actually at the wedding.
Post # 11
Doing the brunch sans present opening. Only on Christmas and birthdays do I enjoy opening presents in front of people, and even then it’s only my immediate family.