(Closed) Display Shower

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

Dude, I think this is SUCH a good idea, but I’m worried that everyone will get pissed off about it or offended.

I think that watching someone open gifts is the most boring thing EVER. But I wonder of some more traditional folks would be mad if I didn’t open their gift and squeal in front of them.

You could always frame it that you don’t want the presents wrapped because it’s greener and less wasteful to throw away all the wrapping paper.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

OMG I’m so glad you mentioned this.  I fought the idea of having a shower for so long because I HATE traditional cheesy showers where people sit around and stare at you opening gifts.  My Future Mother-In-Law really wanted to throw me one, and I recently gave in when I found out that she said one of her friends had thrown a shower for her daughter where none of the gifts were wrapped.  I hadn’t really heard of it before, but that is basically what we are doing.  We are having brunch at a restaurant where people can just bring gifts unwrapped I guess?

Sorry I don’t know the logistics of what the invites should say or anything – but I’m definitely liking this idea over a traditional shower!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

Let’s do some research and try to figure out how to word the invites!

What about this: “The Bride is excited and happy to be able to have this time to spend with you. Gifts are optional. If you wish to bring a gift and allow others to view it, you may wish to bring it unwrapped. A display table will be set up for this purpose. The Bride prefers to use her time at the shower to celebrate with you and plans to open any wrapped gifts after she returns home.”

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

P.S. I think it’s funny that the three of us who are all over this idea are all from Philly. Philly girls hate showers!!! Wink JK

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I have definitely heard of this! I’ve heard it called a “No Wrap Shower” or a “Green Shower” where they just tie a bow around it, include a card, and the bridesmaids put everything on display so that the bride doesn’t have to torture everyone with opening gifts. It’s becoming more and more popular now I think.

My only concern is with the older women in your family/friend circle. They might not be as cool w/ this and might actually enjoy seeing their gift opened. But…I think you can definitely get away with it if this is what you want! Good luck!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ha wow I guess this is a Philly thing!  I like that wording, danadelphia!  I think I might be passing that on to my Maid/Matron of Honor and Future Mother-In-Law…

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

How about:

flamingred doesn’t want to unwrap, So don’t bother packaging up your crap

Hahahaha!!! Just kidding! Sort of.

 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

We did it for my daughter,but didn’t include the no wrapping part on the invitation. We sent an email after they were sent,asking people not to wrap their gifts. Some used gift bags,but there was no wrapping paper & still tons of bows. Gifts were still brought to her to see and open,as people were really creative in the non-packaging. I bought them a set of luggage and each piece was filled with gifts,so she still had to un-zipper to see what was inside. Gifts were brought in hampers.laundry baskets,storage ottomans. It was a lot of fun and went quickly. Everyone thought it was a great idea!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I guess my comment didn’t post 🙁

I did a baby shower for a co-worker and did this.  I asked everyone to give me $$ whatever amount they wanted to give.  Then I bought items off the registry and grouped them together to use as my centerpieces.  I tied balloons on some items like the teddy bear.  It was really cute and saved me $$ from having to buy decorations too.  Some ladies did bring gifts wrapped but they were late in giving money for the group gift.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

btw… it was the norm in our circle of co-workers to give $$ to one person and they’d buy a group gift. 

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