Wedding Gifts in Early.. When Do You Open?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: When do you open wedding gifts that arrive early?
    Right when they arrive : (18 votes)
    75 %
    After the wedding : (6 votes)
    25 %
    Other (please explain) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We waited until after the wedding, but I’m sure you could open them up at any time.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    You might want to follow up with the givers and ask if it’s for the shower or wedding.  Those who sent a gift for my shower told me or my mother and asked that I take it to the shower with me to open with the other gifts.  As far as wedding gifts (we aren’t there yet) but I think I’ll wait to open them until after we return from our honeymoon.  Then we can take our time and make a list of the gifts and givers for thank you cards.  I’m not sure if there’s an etiquette ruling on this one, but I don’t see why you couldn’t open them whenever you wanted. 

    Post # 5
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We are opening as the come so we can keep up with thank you notes and giver can know their gift got there safely. There may also be a return period for some gifts so you may want to check that they are not broken or non-functional. Our rule is it can’t be used until we have written and sent a TY note!

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    we waited until after, but i don’t think it matters.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We will be waiting until after the wedding. We have a mixer coming but it’s I refuse to open the box until after we come home from our HM. Even if we did open it, I would definately be waiting until after we are married to use anything. But that’s just me. I’m somewhat traditional!

    Post # 8
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I think the proper etiquette is to open the gifts as they arrive so you can write the thank you notes, but not use the gifts until after the wedding just in case the wedding doesn’t happen and they need to be returned.

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I would open as they arrive. People want to make sur eit was received and in good condition. What if it was the wrong item or broken? I wouldn’t want to deal with that the week after my wedding and bother the giver then!

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @gatorgirl24:  this

    Whatever you do, send a thank you note before the wedding

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I didn’t open any of my gifts until after the wedding. We registered at places with awesome customer service, so I didn’t worry about damaged products or anything (in terms of getting returns/exchanges). I already knew what every box contained since we had the registry gift tracker on both registries.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    If you don’t open them, how do you send a thank you in a timely and respectable manner?  Don’t use anything until after the wedding, but definitely open and send thank yous. 

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