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

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 32
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@Stina11287:  and I can write it on the invitation in a nice way saying cellaphane/clear wrapping paper

Just curious if you are throwing your own shower? Usually the hostess would take care of the invitations. You probably will want to work with the hostess to let them know what you are comfortable with and they may have some suggestions as well.

Post # 33
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve been to a couple of 70 person showers. One was a bit more formal with all of us seated at round tables eating breakfast while the bride opened gifts. It didn’t take as long as you think it might.

Another one had that many guests and it was fine.

People want to watch you open presents! Women are always pretty interested in it. It’s not as boring to guests as you think. My aunts/older women were very interested in what kitchen appliances, etc that brides got these days. lol

Post # 34
5785 posts
Bee Keeper

After my neice’s shower that took forever to open all the gifts (55 people,outside in 90 degree temps) and plowing through for 5 hours, my daughter jokingly said if and when it was her turn, she’d like all the gifts set up on a table and covered with a tablecloth…she could then just whisk it off and look at everything, and people wouldn’t be bored.I told her it was a terrible idea, and nobody would ever like it.

5 years later when it WAS her turn, we decided to do just as she mentioned, and asked the guests NOT to wrap the gifts, but to get creative with the packaging while still using gift bags and ribbons and bows. We had a themed shower of ‘around the clock’, so people were given random things like ‘Christmas Time’ or ‘BBQ Time’ or ‘Having the Parents to Dinner Time’or ‘Breakfast in Bed Time’….rather than the actual time of day. People were so clever with what they did, and we had everything on tables surrounding the  room,covered with sheer tablecloths.  She still had to open everything, but there was no wrapping paper and it went much quicker. Everything was brought to her so she could open or take it apart and it was really a lot of fun. (Things were placed in wicker baskets,hampers,luggage,bathroom medicine cabinet,etc)

The idea you’ve mentioned sounds like it would work out fine, as it would almost be like getting a bunch of gift baskets to open. I really don’t think people would be offended, as its something out of the norm,so why not? You still get to see the gifts, but aren’t tearing into them for hours on end. I don’t see a problem.



Post # 36
1736 posts
Bumble bee

I had about 35 people at my shower (and then there were extra gifts sent to my Mom by those who couldn’t attend). I had a very efficient and effective “assembly line”. Bridesmaid 1 removed the ribbon and handed it to Bridesmaid 2 who was making the ribbon bouquet. She also opened the card. The opened card and wrapped present was then handed to me to make short work of announcing the gift giver and unwrapping the gift enough to see what it was. I then handed it off to Bridesmaid 3 who neatly unwrapped and repacked said gift with the card and threw away the paper. Maid/Matron of Honor was writing down the gifts and who gave them all the while. It took about 30 minutes for us to get through about 50 presents…so it was pretty darn effective (and allowed people to have fun with their gift wrapping). 🙂

Post # 37
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I just had my bridal shower (joint) with 83 women invited! 64 people RSVP’d yes.  It was a restaurant (including salad bar) with plated luncheon.  Everything was completed and opened with 2 1/2 hours after the start time.  

Assembly line is the way to go! I had 5 bridesmaid with important jobs and managed to perfectly get through everything.  We ate first and once everyone had been served we started in on the gifts.  I mean A LOT of gifts.  Everything went smoothly and in an organized fashion because everyone had a job.  I’ve had tons of people tell me how great lunch was and the gift opening was painless (to watch as a guest).

It can be done! Good luch

Post # 40
1425 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@EffieTrinket:  HAHA! Me too!!! I’d be so confused over “clear wrap!”


Post # 41
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I went to a baby shower where the hostesses of the shower opened everything as people arrived, recorded who brought what, and then displayed everything on a table.  It was kind of disappointing from a guest’s perception because I was so wanting to see the mommy-to-be’s reaction to my gift.  The mommy-to-be said that it was kind of nice to not have to be the center of attention.  I think it was also nice for her 7 year-old who was also in attendance to not feel so left out.

Post # 43
3106 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I went to one a few weeks ago and loved it. My bride friend got to chit chat with everyone instead of tediously opening gifts or hours. Maybe 10 ppl wrapped theirs & she opened them. 

Post # 45
1561 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t mind if someone requests no wrapping paper (being green), but clear wrapping paper seems like such a waste.  

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