(Closed) Bridal Shower- CLEAR wrapped gifts? How does showing off presents work????

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

70!?!  That is nuts!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Honestly, if I received an invitation that said to “clear wrap gifts,” I’d be confused and probably wrap it normally.  Half the fun of a shower is opening presents.  I think juut picking it up and saying “oh, this is from Susie” then moving on is weird.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you have that many friends, family and co-workers who would be attending a shower, I would ask the potential hostesses to break into smaller groups.

Watching while 70 gifts are opened is boring and to not open them would be rude in my opinion. I would be offended if I spent time and money to buy you a shower gift and you did’;t even open it.  It also would not leave any time for games or socializing.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Stina11287:  I wouldn’t stress too much until closer to the shower (if the date by your name is the correct wedding date). A lot of people don’t go to showers… My friend’s shower had over 100 invited and about 30 came… My shower (for my very small wedding) was about 12 people… You could ask that they be unwrapped, as asking people for specific wrapping may annoy some people who are already going out of their way to get a gift and come to your shower. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I don’t think you can dictate how the gifts are wrapped. I went to a co-ed shower once that requested that gifts weren’t wrapped. But there was no acknowledgement of who gave the bride and groom what- gifts were just left unwrapped on a gift table. It was more of a party than a shower. It was fun, but I enjoy watching the bride opening presents, since thats the point of the shower. I would just unwrap quickly. Plus people might give money or go in together on gifts. Just because 60 people rsvp doesn’t mean you’ll get 60 gifts.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

I think it would be rude to specifically ask for clear wrapped gifts. JMO

Post # 10
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Honey bee

@Stina11287:  70 is an insane number for a shower. It should be very close friends and family…not every female member of your extended family.

with that said, I think guests (especially older ones) would be confused about the clear wrapping thing. I had a lot of awkward shaped gifts that were in bags, and a lot of gifts wrapped inside other gifts. So I don’t know how this would work?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d confused if I got instructions to “clear wrap…” I’d probably end up calling up my friends or posting on WB going “what does clear wrap mean… plastic/saran wrap?”

Honestly opening presents is fun!! 🙂

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

 My mother went to one, with about the same number of attenders, a few years ago. They requested clear wrap and not everyone listened.

Mom used clear wrap and the bride still unwrapped her gift. Most people left before everything was unrapped.

It makes alot of sense to request no traditional wrapping. I’ve been to showers where they did. Some used gift bags, others a ribbon/bow, where you could see what was int he box.

What was really nice was that those who gave large or heavy gifts – think laundry hamper, set of pots and pans, etc. dropped them off at the house of the bride or hostess. Their names and the gift they gave were read and acknowledged at the shower.

It was lots of fun and personal. I.E. “Michele gave me a laundry hamper.” (Michele stands up). “My family used to live 3 doors away from Michele’s family and I remember lots of fun times together.  Now if anyone knows how I can actually get my future husband to put his laundry IN the hamper, please let me know.”  (Guests chuckled and applauded).

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@Stina11287:  I get the logic behind your request, but watch out…it could be misinterpreted in a terrible way.  Combined with the large number of guests and the fact that you aren’t even interested in opening them could make it sound like you just want the presents, hand it over, I”ll look at it and put it in a pile for later. 

I KNOW that isn’t your intention, so please be careful, it would be sad to have a fun event go South over something unintentional. 

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