(Closed) Couples Shower with "open gifts"

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 4
1866 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

That sounds more like an engagement party to me. I’d drop the whole shower thing and call it an engagement party. I’ve been to showers like this before and honestly, it kind of puts me off. If i can buy you the gift, the least you can do is open it in front of me and ooh and ahh for a few minutes. It is the point of a shower, after all. 

Post # 5
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

The only issue I can see is people come to a shower and know its for giving presents and thus exspect some kind of grand acknowledgment of the gift, AT the shower. So it may be a little off putting to some of the crowd when that doesn’t happen. Unless the bride and groom plan to personally do that for each gift (which would seem to take longer than just opening them) there may be some weirdness. Personally, if they want a cocktail party have a cocktail party. But if I came for a shower and brought a present, I want it to not just get set in a line where I don’t even know if the bride and groom saw it.

Post # 6
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My Maid/Matron of Honor and my parents had a couple shower for us!!! Im so glad they did because It was so much fun, most of our firends are either engaged or married so we didnt want the typical bridal shower and it was 2 months before our wedding so it was more of a shower then an engagment party. we didnt know about anything until the day of the shower, my Maid/Matron of Honor wanted it all to be a surprise. 

My Maid/Matron of Honor made invites and did an “around the clock” theme.  She put a different time of day for each invite and the gift was supposed to be something we would use for that time of day! (ex. like for 5pm somebody got us silverware, my bridesmaid had 12am she got us victorias secret gift card, bottle of tequila, and yankee candle, body oil, and chocolates, somebody else had 3am and she gave us pillows….. each invite had a time on it, some times were done more then once, it was fun) she also put our registry info at the bottom of theinvite. 

 My husband and I had so much fun opening gifts, our guests had fun too, we laughed and tried to guess the time that gift was for, people came up with some great and creative stuff and we got some great things off the registry as well 🙂

We had more of a lunch with one signiture drink and then we also had dancing and fun couple games, one of the games was the pre newleywed game, omg it was so funny!!!  my Maid/Matron of Honor asked the questions and we were in the spot light!  It was so much fun 🙂

Post # 8
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Future Mrs K:  I’m usually not into themes for gifts but that sounds like a lot of fun!  


@theeekingeek:  I think if you aren’t going to open gifts you should let people know not to bring gifts.  If you don’t say anything people will bring gifts and expect them to be opened there.  I’ve been to couples shower that were more like cocktail parties, but they still opened gifts.  It didn’t take up too much time and the rest of the night was spent eating drinking and mingling.  If she doesn’t want to do that I think you have to nix the presents all together. 

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