Post # 1
For the day after everyone (family- both sides) wants us to get together to have the traditional day after brunch and opening of the gifts. My fiance and I kind of feel like we like that to be something for just me and him to do on our own. Kind of a special thing to do Sunday night before we back to the grind of work. (We’re not taking a honeymoon right away because of work.) Is it bad if we don’t include anyone while we are opening our gifts?
Post # 3
Nope it’s not bad at all. Just kindly tell both sets of parents that you’ve both discussed it and would much rather open gifts in private – but maybe you can do that on Sunday morning and then see them for lunch and tell them about all the things you got? That is, if they’re very insistant. Personally we just went home and opened all our gifts/cards on our own. But we had family staying with us so we had a minor audience – though I seem to remember them being more interested in what was on the TV than what Darling Husband and I were doing.
Post # 4
We were more comfortable opening gifts in private also.
I don’t think a morning after brunch is a bad idea but you def don’t have to open gifts there. Just do a regular brunch and open gifts yourselves!
Post # 5
I’m sure your families will understand that you’d rather sleep in and enjoy your first day married just relaxing. I understand all the good intentions for the day after brunch, but I have never really enjoyed going to them honestly and I don’t know too many guests who have, esp if they are out of towners and need to make their way home. They always feel like a little bit of a let down after the wedding…and I am usually hungover :oP
Post # 6
I don’t think a day after brunch is necessary. It is nice to do if you have a lot of out of town guests, but then again they will probably be heading back to their respective homes the day after anyway. We are doing an informal brunch at the hotel everyone is staying at, just showing up to the restaurant for an hour or so and those who want to come can. That way we spend as much time with our guests as we can, but so we can spend the dress of Sunday ourselves before going back to work.