(Closed) Can I open the early bridal shower gift??

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have the same issue. I checked with my mom on who was coming and knew that some friends of mine weren’t able to come so I opened those up.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I like the idea of opening them at the shower, kind of like including those people who couldn’t be there… you get to take a pic of the gift and you can send that to them with the ty since they missed the shower.  Plus everyone gets to see what you got.  But the wait is so agonizing. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I just had one of my two showers this weekend and I was told that it’s best to open them before, because usually you recieve so many packages at the shower that it’s in the best intrest of the time of your guests to open them early.

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m in the exact same situation, and I’ve decided to wait – I agree with the PP who said it’s kind of like including the giver in the shower.  But my shower will be small (no more than 20 people, I think), so time isn’t much of an issue.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Also, I have to ask because of our username – are you a fellow Nittany Lion?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

i would open them. That’s what I did. If they’re not going to be there, what’s the point? And I would hate to have packages sitting in my house..I would want to put it away ASAP. Because once you recieve all of those gifts, it’s not fun putting it all away!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I took my early gifts to the shower. I opened the box just enough to get the packing slip, so I was able to send a “pre-thank you” e-mail- “Just wanted to let you know your gift arrived- looking forward to opening it at the shower.” Like LadyBear, I felt it was including those women in the shower (plus three more gifts didn’t add that much time)

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Have your invitations gone out?  If so, it may be your wedding gift, which I say you can open.  If not, I would save it for the shower.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I opened all the gift wraps/gift bags at my shower. Then waiting till after the wedding before opening anything to use it.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I opened the new stuff right away and started using it 🙂  I figured if I was violating etiquette in the privacy of my own home it wouldn’t matter.

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m not a bride but was upset to learn that the shower gift I sent to be opened at the shower had already been opened.  I would not have sent to the bride if I knew that would be the case.  We are a small family and the shower was a plane flight away and I couldn’t make it.  My only way of having a presence there was to send a gift and I paid $25 extra to have it there in time for the shower.  I has heartbroken…

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