Post # 1
I know opinions are mixed as to whether it is appropriate to have a display shower, where the guests bring their shower gifts unwrapped and on ‘display’ but I actually kind of like the concept.
I am one of those people who is absolutely mortified at the thought of sitting in front of 20 people opening gifts. My heart rate increased just thinking about it. I am a big girl and can/will make it through it, it’s just thoroughly unenjoyable for me. And as a guest of a shower that had over 40 guests, it is probably the most boring part of the whole thing. The only time people pay attention is when their gift is being opened. If neither party enjoys it, what’s the point?
So my question is for bees who ended up going with the display shower, how was it received by guests? Were they ok with it, were guests put off by it, or was it overall successful?
Post # 3
My cousin wanted to have one. I didn’t have a problem with it, but the older generations (our moms) did. Needless to say, the presents were wrapped and she opened them in the traditional fashion.
What do you say on the invitation? Don’t wrap the gifts?
Post # 4
There are a few posts on the board, many people state things like going green, saving paper, etc.
”At the request of the bride, this will be a casual “display” shower. Please bring your gifts unwrapped, so that Lisa has more time to enjoy your company.”
“You’re invited to a shower
For a lucky bride-to be
Please bring your gift unwrapped
It will displayed for all to see” etc
If I ended up having one this style, I would be there as guests arrive to accept the gifts. My concern is for the older generations, but my mom thought it was fine. I’m not sure how others would feel.
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@kmarie719: +1 I like the idea of calling it eco-friendly instead of having the gifts on “display”
Post # 6
@mchitt329: I completely agree. I think calling is eco-friendly sounds better.
I went to one where they asked us to bring gifts in clear wrap, which seemed very wasteful and was really hard to find! I went to three stores before I found a place that carried it!
Post # 7
I never heard it worded that way, but I seen a few people show up normally to baby showers without wrapping it. I never seen it at a bridal shower.
Post # 8
Anyone else? Bees who have had a display shower, or have been to one?
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano's Humble
My only worry about this, is those who can afford more than others. I’ve always been self concious about this on both sides. I think I’d feel out of place, if it came out I had purchased the cheapest gift(as everyone sees the registry), or, if I unwrapped that gift, I think it would be possibly embarrassing for that guest.
This is probably why I intend to just do a kitchen and bath shower. Everything is cheap! LOL!