Post # 1
What time are you scheduling your shower for? And, how many hours do showers usually last?
My bridesmaids are throwing a shower for me at a room in a restaurant. The space is available to us from 11:30am-4pm (it’s on a Saturday). I was thinking of starting at 12:00pm or 12:30pm but I don’t think anything is planned for that night and I don’t want it to be all over by 2:30 or something and feel like I’ll twiddle (is that a word?) my thumbs for the rest of the afternoon!
Post # 3
Our shower is from 12:30- 4:00. I think it depends on how many people you are having, but you will have time to greet your guests, everyone will have lunch, and the you will open presents. If you start at 12:30, I don’t believe it will be over at 2:30.
Post # 4
I am thinking that when I go to showers they are usually over by the 2 hour mark if it’s at someone’s house. One at a restaurant, where you are waiting on food, will probably last longer. You can also play games to draw the time out.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
Mine starts at noon, but I have no idea how long it’s supposed to last. After the party though, my Maid/Matron of Honor and our moms (our moms are besties) are having a girls’ evening out. Maybe you could do something like that with your bridesmaids?
Post # 6
mine started at 11, it was a brunch. i don’t remember when it ended… but i do remember that when it ended, i was NOT twidling my thumbs all day! we ended up bringing all the presents home, opening up, and putting them away, which is a big process and took all evening. i know it’s a big no no to do that before the wedding for some people, but we’ve been using all wedding gifts because we need them!
Post # 7
That sounds about right, mine is in the afternoon from I think 11 to 3:30. We are catering in food, so we need a little set up before, but I think it’s pretty common for showers to be in the afternoon. I also think I’m having the biggest shower known to man, since I asked to have one shower for all sides of the family.
Post # 8
My first shower was from 11 – 1. I think two hours is PLENTY. Think about your guests and the fact it’s their Saturday and they have things to do. While my shower ended at 1pm, several people stayed around to chit-chat until about 2pm but the majority left. They had things they needed to do, which I totally understand!!!
Post # 9
One was 11:30~1:30pm and the next is 12pm~2. Both had lunch being served immediately so short & sweet!
Post # 10
I would say depending on how many people are coming 2 hours will be fine. If you are having a lot of people then extend it…I like what other people said about doing something with some of the people afterwards
Post # 11
Mine is 11:30 – 4:30 on a Sunday!
@whitesonnet : Me too! Everyone all at one shower! Although, that is the norm in my culture and I have never heard of people having more than one shower, until my uncle’s fiancee (now wife) who is “American” (English/Irish/etc.) had more than one shower!
Post # 12
My shower will start at 10:00am and go probably 2 hours. I think that is pretty standard. We wnated to do a morning shower to: a) simplify the menu. We’re doing bagels, muffins, croisants, fruit, mamosas, etc and b) get it done early-ish so it doesn’t take too much out of people’s day. That, and it will be the day before the wedding (!!!) so that my family who is out of town can be there. (Yes, I realize what a crazy weekend that will be, believe me.)
Post # 14
My Future Mother-In-Law and her sister are hosting a Floating Shower for my fiance and I in a couple of weeks at a local plantation house. The time is from 2 until 4 and guests are invited to show up whenever is convenient within that time frame to have more of a one on one time with us instead of everyone piling in and having to sit through an awkward opening of gifts.