Post # 62
I’m having a ‘green’ shower– no wrapping at all! Guests can just display their gifts and I can personally thank people and I can do a ‘show and tell’ of the gifts that will be short. I can spend more time enjoying good food, drinks, and company with my guests; and I don’t have to feel awkward opening up all the gifts.
Post # 63
@Stina11287: 70 people is too much.
Post # 64
I think you should just break it into smaller groups.. Opening gifts is just SO fun.
Post # 65
Not sure if your shower has happened yet, but what if you set up a game for your guests to play while you open? My cousin did Bridal Shower Bingo- everyone gets a blank bingo board and they fill in the squares with what they think you’re going to get- sheets, towels, pots, etc. Give out prizes for the first 3 people to Bingo, or the first person at each table to get bingo gets the centerpiece, etc. I was pretty young (read: bored) at my cousin’s shower but wanting to win Bingo made me more interested in the unwrapping!
Post # 66
My mom just went to a large baby shower where they did this and loved it. On the contrary, i was just at a small (less than 30) baby shower and was sooo done watching gift opening halfway through. It takes forever and its hard for the recipient to keep the super excited reactions. I think its a good idea. You could even say unwrapped gifts are requested for the environment.
Post # 67
I thought that bridal showers were supposed to be small gatherings of women? If the guest list is too large to open your gifts, please consider multiple showers. This will provide the guests both time with the bride and the joy of giving their gifts.
Post # 68
i would say skip the clear wrapping. like others said it might be rude to not open them though.
its a bridal shower, people should be expecing you open gifts, so I would say just try to be time efficient about it?
ahhh this was of no help lol
Post # 69
Haha no it was helpful! Im stuck in between of what I should do bc all of these ideas everyone has given me sound great! Ugh.. lol Ill figure it out eventually
Post # 70
I wouldn’t invite 70 people to start off with. The bridal shower is supposed to be an intimate get-together with family and close friends. You mentioned inviting work friends — I probably wouldn’t include them in this. If they want to throw you a shower at work, they can definitely do that. The less people you have there, the less the way the gifts are wrapped matters.
I’m attending a “display” shower in a few weeks, and it seems like kind of a drag. I picked out and purchased a gift for a bride, and I’d prefer to see her open it than have it be placed on a table with no acknowledgment of receipt.
Post # 71
Thank you for the advice… Im actually probably having 50 after my Mother-In-Law cut some people out … My Fiance has a large INTIMATE close family … as do I being that my parents ate Divorced.. I Have 2 Familys in stead of ONE now… Plus My FI’s Side.
Everyone that I invite, are CLOSE friends and family members. The girls I used to work with are now really good friends of mine … Im not inviting my friends mothers and aunts and they’re best friends lol.. I know who is considered Intimate and important.
I see what your saying that you want the bride to actually open and ackowledge your gift. I get that, If I have some sort of assembly line of bridesmaids to make the process move quickly than that should work out easier and quicker. Thanks again for your input!! 🙂
Post # 72
Would there be anybody on your FI’s side of the family that would be willing to host another shower for you? I know you can’t really go up to someone and ask, but that would really help split up the large number of guests. That’s how it’s working for my showers — my FI’s aunt is hosting one for his side of the family and my Maid/Matron of Honor is hosting one for mine.
Post # 73
It’s called a “Display Shower” and is actually becoming more popular. I haven’t seen a request of “clear wrapping” but instead “no wrapping”.
That said, I’m from a huge Mexican family. My sister’s baby shower was 80+ people and she opened every gift. No one left because we’re just used to it, I guess. You just have to have a bunch of worker bees. One maid hands the gift to you & helps with hard ribbons or whatever. Another maid is the “trash girl” who stuffs the wrapping paper in a bag as you rip it and throw it to the ground. You can have someone read the card while you’re opening. Another maid takes the opened gift and organizes it with the others. It goes faster than you’d think.
Post # 74
OP, have you had your shower yet?
Post # 75
My shower guest list is 65 people and it’s not even all the women invited to the wedding.
I hate going to showers and sitting for hours watching the gifts get opened and don’t want to subject people to that at my shower. I’d rather spend more time socializing and thanking them for being a part of our celebration. We are doing the clear wrap thing.
And as for those that say this is a “gift grabby” technique, the whole POINT of a shower is about gifting the bride…
Post # 76
Gawd I hate the gift opening processional. From the perspective of a guest…what.a.waste.of.time, and also it makes people feel bad when they didn’t splurge for the super expensive gift. Also, some gifts are all racy and I don’t want to open them in front of my grandmother! I see how it’s a tradition and people will stick with it, so I bite my tongue.
Ehhh…clear wrapped presents? probably not. Since you’re having so many people, just let that be your excuse. Dude, watching you open 70 gifts would suck so badly that I think most people will be releived when you opt out! I’d just make an announcement at some point thanking everyone give a little speech etc. about how blessed you feel and all that mushy stuff, and then cut your cake. I think people will like that better…BUT make sure you don’t forget to write a thank you note to everyone, possibly a personal phone call as well!