(Closed) Did you open/use wedding gifts before your wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: What do you do with gifts before the wedding
    open them and use them! : (19 votes)
    59 %
    open them but don't use them : (11 votes)
    34 %
    don't open them (please convince me why!) : (2 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    1756 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We opened ours as we got them, so we could send thank you notes right away rather than doing them all right after the wedding. Much to my husband’s dismay, though, I’m superstitious and refused to actually use any of the gifts until after the wedding.

    Post # 4
    1506 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Same here. We’ve opened them and thanked the gift givers, but I’m hesitant to use them until after the wedding. In fact, we’ll probably hold off on using most of them until we get a house, which won’t be until a year AFTER the wedding.

    Post # 5
    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

    Oops, I hadn’t even thought about this when we got married.  I just opened opened opened and used whatever I could.  I hope it doesn’t mean bad mojo because we’re screwed 😉

    Post # 6
    137 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - The Royal Park Hotel

    I asked my girlfriend this exact question the other day! She laughed (in a good natured way, of course) and promptly told me to open and enjoy the gifts. It’ll give us something extra to write about in our thank you notes (that we’ve put their generosity to good use)!

    ETA: On a related note, my girlfriend also suggested that I take pictures of the gifts we receive (and open) prior to my bridal shower. She said I could display them as a means of recognizing those who couldn’t make it!

    Post # 7
    928 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    You’ll want to open them so you can record what you were given and send a thank you note but we don’t plan on using them. For thank you cards, I’ll simply thank them for being so kind and mention how we plan on using their gift. Ha I don’t know, to me it just feels weird and wrong to use our wedding presents before we’re actually married.

    As a guest giving shower and wedding presents, it always comes off as a “no no” to me to hear about the couple using the gift before the wedding. Maybe I’m old fashioned but my mama would say the same thing to me!

    Post # 9
    1126 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I said “open them but don’t use them” because that’s technically correct.  However, if we get luggage for our shower (which I know my grandmother is planning on getting us), then we are absolutely packing it and bringing it all for the honeymoon.  I mean, that’s the whole reason we added it!  We’ll probably not use the majority of our gifts though.

    Post # 10
    5797 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We got a knife set the other day and we’re already using them. Our current set was way too cr*ppy for me to wait until May.

    Post # 11
    575 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I’m expecting a shower in May and am planning on using the gifts right afterwards.  I know it is supposed to be bad luck, but my Father-In-Law are coming to visit before the wedding and I would like to have our place looking nice for them.

    Apparently, it is bad luck, but it is just a superstition.  I’m already living with the Fiance and planning on doing a first look, so so much for traditions. 🙂

    Post # 12
    2819 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I would probably want to wait because that’s just me (wanting to wait until the actual day to exchange/open presents). However, FH would TOTALLY be egging me to open & use them right away if we received presents shipped to us. : D However, we live in Canada, where it’s more popular to receive gifts at your wedding than to get them shipped to you beforehand, so it may not be an issue. ^.^

    Post # 13
    4765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    We opened them and used them! I’m waaaaay too impatient to wait! Plus, I didn’t really see the point it waiting – it seemed a bit silly to me.

    Post # 15
    2538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    Just keep a really good list!  I didn’t and thank you cards were really difficult!

    Post # 16
    1398 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    unless there is some note on the outside that says “DO NOT OPEN UNTIL WEDDING DAY” I am opening it. If it’s something I can use before the wedding, I’m using it. I am assuming I wouldn’t be receiving gifts more than a month in advance of the wedding. By then, I’d be 100% sure it was happening, and the danger of returning the gift is zero. 

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