Post # 1
Fiance and I got our very first wedding present today (this one definitely wasn’t for the shower, since the lady wasn’t invited to that). We opened it up, but afterward, Fiance asked if we’re really supposed to open the presents before the wedding. I said yes, of course, but now I’m thinking about it and doubting myself. So please, tell me, are we supposed to open gifts we receive before the wedding right away?
Post # 3
I heard you’re supposed to, then send out the thank you card. It’s so you can stay on top of the thank you cards, I think. If it were me, I would be open it too.
Post # 4
@naenae_CA: Thanks. That’s what I thought (and Fiance asked me while I was finishing up the thank you note), but I wanted to make sure.
Post # 5
open them so you know what they are and to make sure they’re not broken, send a thank you card, but don’t use them til after the wedding.
Post # 6
Technically you can open the present, but not use the present…this is because, in ettiquette world, you may not go through with the marriage…and this will make things easier to return to the givers.
In real life; I opened and used presents before the wedding. We had no where to store them!
Post # 7
Technically, I think you’re supposed to open and write a thank you, but we just saved everything until after wedding.
Post # 8
I think it’s okay to open them, but you’re not supposed to use them until after the wedding. 🙂 Same goes for shower gifts. Our guest room is filled with them right now and it’s so hard to leave them alone!