(Closed) Bridal Shower Etiquette?

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
46613 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

FunnyGirl1224:  Depending on how many gifts are delivered by those who can’t attend, you could display them at the shower, then thank “those who were unable to attend today”.

Post # 3
3276 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I took all gifts that people sent and opened them at the shower saying who they are from. That’s the norm in my area. 

Post # 4
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve never seen that One. Around here we would just send a thank you card and say sorry to miss you at the shower

Post # 5
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I am planning on opening them at the shower! 

Post # 6
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

FunnyGirl1224:  I wrote thank you cards to people who sent me shower gifts and couldn’t attend. Something like “Thank you so much for the _. Sorry to have missed you at the shower, hope to see you at the wedding!”

I didn’t make any mention of the mailed gifts at my shower.

Post # 7
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve never heard of doing something like this. I sent out thank you cards, but I don’t think the act of opening them at the shower is common around here. Plus, it’s kind of a hassle to take it to your shower, and then take it back home.

Post # 8
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

The only time I saw someone make a big thing about gifts from people who couldn’t go to the shower was my cousin’s wife. They live halfway across the country from our family, so most of our family sent our gifts directly to their house, rather than have her open them at the shower then have to lug them (or ship them) home.  They made a photo slide show of them opening each of the gifts and had it running on a laptop at the shower, which was a cute way for our family to get to see them open our gifts without the hassle of actually having the gifts there. 

Other than a situation like that, though, as long as each gift giver gets a thank you card, I don’t see why you’d make a big thing about the gifts at the shower itself.

Post # 9
4040 posts
Honey bee

I think I’d rather watch paint dry, than see people opening any more gifts, than I have to.

It’s not the norm around here, thank goodness, to haul everything to the shower, and open it there, and haul it back home. My daughter’s bridal shower was 8 days ago. Before she started opening the gifts that were brought to the shower, she acknowledged the gifts and people who gave them earlier like the big box of pots and pans, that I gave her, and the vaccuum, that my mother gave. She didn’t mention those who didn’t attend, but still sent gifts (very few).

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