Post # 1
My mom was recently invited to a bridal shower that is scheduled from 1-5 pm. FOUR hours?!
What do you think? (I don’t think I’d even go! Or, at the very least, maybe I’d try to find out from the host which two hours would be the “most” important.)
Post # 3
Mine was 2 hours when all the guests left, I was there for another hour talking to the hostesses and packing up my car. I think that’s plenty long. You could either arrive later or leave earlier. 4 hours is definintely a little long for me. There’s really not much to sit around and do all those hours, eat drink and open gifts.
Post # 4
I think 3 hours is most typical, 2 seems very short actually.
30 minututes for people to arrive
1 hour to eat and drink
30- 1 hour for gifts
30 minutes- dessert/wind down/good byes.
Less than that and its just a drive by gift giving event.
I think if they are booking 4 hours, its really just to reserve the time and it wont last much longer past the gift opening as that is the key to wrap it up after that.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
My shower was 1-6 about, but it was a pool party and there was drinking involved, so I don’t think it seemed too long.
Post # 6
LOL- All of the showers that I’ve been to in recent memory were at least three, if not four hours.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
It depends on what the shower involves and what time of day. If you’re serving brunch, lunch, or dinner, you might want to think about a 4-6 hour shower. If you’re just having snacks and opening gifts, 2 hours may be plenty.
Post # 8
@red_rose: That’s like my shower. I asked my mom what time it starts and she says “1 p.m. but you should get there at 1:30 p.m”. I ask what time it ended and she said 5. I’m like “WTF WHY!?” That’s way pass my entertainment limit. It should be from 1 to 4.
My mom tends to overdo everything she has a hand in planning so I voted for 3 hours. A lot of people arrive at showers pretty late around here so I say give them 30-45 minutes to show up.
Post # 9
@red_rose: Four hours is a LONG time to sit around gushing over someone if there’s no drinking involved. I think showers should be no more than three hours.
The most enjoyable shower I ever went to was my Bridesmaid or Best Man Cherry’s, which happened in the late afternoon/early evening. We played a game of laser tag and then went to a dessert bar where she quickly opened her gifts and we had sundaes instead of cake. I think a shower that lasts more than 3 hours has to be something like that (ie enjoyable, structured activities where everybody can just have fun).
I went to a shower a few weeks ago that would have been fun if only it had been shorter. It was in June and we had a tea party on the lawn of the bride’s mom’s house. It was really nice for the first two hours but after that it really started to drag. Most of the guests didn’t really know each other and didn’t have a lot to talk about. To be blunt – there is only so long that you can sit around drinking coffee and making small talk with people you barely know while the bride opens mould-a-dildo kits and you try not to make eye contact with her mother.
Unless your guests all know each other well enough to be friends and could happily talk for hours, your shower shouldn’t be longer than a couple of hours.
Post # 10
I think 3 is about right, maybe 2.5
Post # 11
I think 2 hours is perfect, maybe 3 at the max.
Post # 12
Mine is scheduled to be four hours. There is a very large brunch buffet menu, which will take a lot of time. There’s also a full bar available so hopefully no one will be miserable. Four hours seems painfully long, but that’s how the venue rents out the room, in four hour blocks. I don’t expect anyone but family to still be there any time after 2.5-3 hours and I don’t blame them. As long as everyone has a great brunch and a fun time, I’m happy. 🙂
Post # 13
I was really confused by the title of this thread and thought you meant like a cleaning shower so I was like uh… 10-30 minutes depending on how cozy I feel?
Post # 14
@Bebealways: Hahahahaha, ditto!!
Post # 15
I voted 2.5 but I think normal is probably 3. I usually think “okay I’m ready to go” at about 2.5 though lol I don’t know if I would go to a 4 hour shower….maybe if I could be certain I could cut out early
Post # 16
Mine is going to be all weekend.