Post # 1
Can anyone suggest a way for the bride to open all her gifts at her shower so that the guests are not bored out of their minds watching her open them one by one?? I was thinking of involving the guests somehow or making a game out of it…
She wants to open them herself, not have the bridesmaids to make it a little more personal and appreciative of each gift.
Post # 3
oh, this is a good one…hope you get some good ideas on this. im curious, myself. however, i’ve only been to one bridal shower, so im not much help…
Post # 4
So, I am a person who loves watching brides open their gifts but… My Future Mother-In-Law was just invited to a shower where the bride requested guests to bring unwrapped gifts and cards not in envelopes. I guess the plan is to display them so guests can look at the gifts on their own and because she didn’t like the idea of all the wrapping paper beig used. It’s not my style, but I found it to be a very unique idea as I’ve never seen it done.
Post # 5
You can play the gift BINGO game so that the guests have something to do during the present opening. Basically, everyone has a BINGO card with different possible gifts written into each of the squares (towels, champagne flutes, flatware, etc.). The first one to get BINGO during the gift opening wins a prize.
Post # 6
@skibobrown, thats SUCH a good idea. I have never thought of something like that!
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
Skibobrown has the right idea, we did that at mine and it really was fun for the guests and kept them involved! Its really easy to do, all you need are blank grids with space enough for guests to write whatever they think you’ll recieve in the boxes and then we used the candy Smarties for the chips…Super fuN!
Post # 8
At my shower and my friends shower, we had a kitchen timer that was set for every 5 or so minutes. Every time the timer went off, whoever’s gift was being opened got a small gift. Everyone loved it!
The bingo idea sounds great too!
Post # 9
This doesn’t exactly center around the opening of the gifts, but have a bridesmaid write down everything that the bride says while opening gifts (or the other guests could all keep their own list). Then at the end, you say this is what the bride will be saying in the bedroom the night of the wedding. You typically get things like:
“Wow” “I love it” It’s so cute” “I’ve always wanted this” “I can’t get it open”
Of course this game depends on the guest list at the shower, but it usually turns out to be really funny. (My list at 10 in the morning probably doesn’t capture the humor that well…)
Post # 10
these are great ideas, i was wondering this myself! i especially love the kitchen timer and the bingo idea!
Post # 11
I did the bingo game during gift opening. Bridalshowergames A to Z- I think is the website.
Careful, you will have many winners….so you need a bunch of little prizes.
The ladies loved it and were creative with how they filled in their squares. When I opened a nightie they called that a “dessert plate”. Fun!
Post # 12
I’ve played the BINGO game at showers before, and it’s actually quite fun. I always put my own gift on the space in the center if it isn’t already a “free space.” As far as cards go, you can have guests pick a word that they think will be the most common on all the cards (like congratulations or happy, etc) and take a point every time they hear their word read from a card.
Post # 13
The bridesmaids can send the groom a list of questions about him + his relationship with bride ahead of time. Then, write the questions out on cards (with his answers) and give one to each guest. Every guest gets to ask the bride their question and the bride can’t open that person’s gift until she gets it right. Works well with a smaller group.
What does groom think bride’s best feature is?
If groom could travel to only one other place in the world, where would he go?
When did groom decide bride was The One?
Post # 14
I went to a bridal shower a couple of weeks ago and the present opening process was a bit..*boring*..
Post # 15
My shower was just this past Sunday and my BM’s did the bridal Bingo. It is in no way an “original” idea, however, it completely keeps the guests attention. Just be sure to have little gifts to win and enough to cover the span of how many gifts need to be opened. It also helps for the bridal party to keep things moving; bride opens, Bridesmaid or Best Man takes and puts back in, gift bag, shows, guests, outs back in box, etc while the bride is on to the next one. Another game idea is to set a timer for various lengths of time (2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes etc) and then when it goes off whomever gave the gift she is opening wins a prize. (Just be prepared for multiple givers on a gift.)
Post # 16
@skibobrown: Ooh, I love that! I’m going to steal that idea, in case I do actually get a shower…haaaa.