Post # 1
Hi everyone 🙂 I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to handle my bridal shower situation. I am from Michigan but am currently living in AZ for school. I am getting married this upcoming May and my bridal shower is at the end of February. I would love to have a normal shower with my family and friends in Michigan where I open all the presents…but then what do I do about shipping it out to my place in AZ? If I have my guests just ship their gifts, I won’t have much of a shower and my mom really wants me to open the gifts, go through them and decide which ones I want to use right away and ship to AZ, and those that can stay home in MI until we come back. In theory, that would be great but I can’t imagine the shipping costs for the things I decide I want to have in AZ. Should I just open with gifts, return them all, and then re-purchase the ones I want here in AZ? Awful lot of work and not enough time to do it! Would Bed Bath and Beyond let me return it all and then order the returned items to be shipped to us? Oh I don’t know! Any insight would be appreciated. Trying to make everyone happy!!
Post # 3
I would think that all the people who will be attending your shower will know your situation.
I have been to a shower where we were all asked to wrap up a picture of the gift we wanted to buy and include a gift card for the value of that item. That way the bride could buy the things herself and take them with her or leave them at her mom’s as she wished.
Post # 4
I had my shower this summer in New Orleans and I live in Michigan. We told everyone to buy real gifts and the majority of people just did gift cards and said what they wanted to get. I would hate to return everything and repurchase but that is always an option. Be prepaired that you will also get stuff not on your bridal registry so you can’t return that.
I have yet to use any of my gifts though even though I thought I would.
Post # 5
I think having it all shipped to the house, and people bringing a wrapped picture of a great idea. Some people are going to ignore it and still bring the present, but it should still cut down on the pile of presents, and people can see the pictures and be thanked.