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

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@Stina11287:  Yup, I’ve been to showers that asked “we’re going green! please no wrapping paper.” and I just put a nice ribbon and bow on it and called it a day.  I loved it because I hate wrapping gifts!

Post # 49
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@Stina11287:  Hahaha! Thanks!!!! OMG if they wrote “cellophane wrapped” I’d figure it out… cellophane isn’t something I have at home but I definitely have rolls of clear plastic wrap in my kitchen!

Post # 50
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I went to a baby shower once where there were over 50 people and it took over two hours for the expecting mommy to open all of the gifts.  She even had to take a bathroom break.  Even cute babies clothes and toys get boring after a while.

Clear wrap just sounds weird.  Why not ask that gifts not be wrapped and appoint someone to artfully stack them on a table (and probably nearby floor)?  I would appreciate being told to bring an unwrapped gift more than trying to figure out how to clear wrap something without using a lot of cling wrap which could get expensive.

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve been to many showers like this. They’re called “display showers.” You display the gifts instead of opening them. People can bring them unwrapped, with just a bow, or wrapped in clear wrap—then display them for everyone to see on a table.

As a guest, I LOVE these types of showers. No one wants to sit and watch someone open up gifts for hours. It gives the bride to be more time to mingle, as well is much more better for the environment!  

 

 

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Ok if I got an invitation (before reading these posts) asking for clear wrapped presents I would think it was odd.  But I really wouldn’t worry about this, it’s a shower for you (not by you) so your hostesses should really be figuring out the logistics.  As far as guest list, it’s still really far off and you may invite 70 people but probably won’t get 100% attendance.  Most showers I’ve been to, hosted, or had were about 50-75% attendance.

Post # 53
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Buzzing Beekeeper

OP, I am always excited to buy a shower gift, and I am willing to wrap it because that’s expected. But I have no idea where I would even find cellophane gift wrap. I usually have the store wrap the gift, or I wrap it myself when I buy it, using the store’s paper and stuff. I would be thrilled to get an invitation that said “no need to wrap!”, but pretty darn miffed to get one that said “please use clear wrap.” Because first I’d need to google it, then order some right away to make sure I have it in time, and order more than I could possibly need since I’m not sure yet what gift I’m even buying so don’t kow how much I’ll need, then keep it on hand until I’ve got the gift (which I could not possibly buy on the way to the shower — yes, I’ve done this, don’t judge me!), then wrap the damn thing so it looks ALMOST exactly like an unwrapped gift.

What if you give guests the option? Something like, “If you would like to bring a gift but want to help shorten the unwrapping session, please feel free to bring the gift unwrapped. This will save time and trees! If the unwrapping is your favorite part, or you just love wrapping gifts, that is of course perfectly welcome as well.” And anyone who happens to have cellophane wrap on hand will surely realize that this is the perfect opportunity to use it.

Post # 54
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Buzzing bee

@Stina11287:  Maybe you could ask for the gifts to not be wrapped in an effort to be “green.” That way you can thank your guests as they hand you their gifts and be done with it – no need to open up the boxes. Plus, your true intentions (not wanting to spend a ton of time on unwrapping) would be hidden and nobody would be offended that you didn’t take the time to make a big show out of unwrapping their gift.

Post # 56
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Buzzing bee

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@the boss of you:  I guess I have to come clean and admit that I didn’t read all of the previous posts. At least great minds think alike! It sounds like opening gifts vs. not opening gifts is very controversial, so this seems like the best way to avoid all of the potential drama.

Post # 57
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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@somethingaquamarine:  But the OP replied to mine by basically saying she didn’t care how the guests perceived it.  I think you explained it better.

Post # 61
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

If you’re going to have that many guests, I think I’d change it to a tea or a sip and see, and have you and the hostesses open gifts and display them, as appropriate, as guests come in. No one wants to watch you open that many gifts. If it’s a tea, people can come and go as they please, and it staggers the opening a bit. Just make sure someone keeps good record of who gave what. That’s what we did for my “shower” and it worked really well.

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