(Closed) No Gifts Bridal Shower

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Or they could each bring a favorite recipe & one ingredient to help “stock the pantry”?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I think it’s a cute idea, but I can promise you half the guests will still show up with gifts  because they don’t think it’s enough, especially in older more tradtional guests.  I went to a wedding (I know it’s not a shower) recently where they asked that no one bring anything b/c they were moving and didn’t want to worry about moving presents and almost every person still showed up with something small like a frame.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you don’t want gifts, call it like a “Bridal Tea” or something.  If you say shower, people will inevitably show up with gifts.  I like the “stock the pantry” idea with recipes and stuff, especially if you and your Fiance don’t live together yet.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I asked people to write a memory or bring a picture.  2 of them did so (out of 30)

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I agree with gingerlylove that older generations will probably bring gifts regardless. I like the recipe idea. Or maybe ask them to donate to a charity of your choice? Or maybe make it a potluck so the food will be their gift. From your name looks like you’re Armenian, I am too, and I wouldn’t mind some yummy boureg or baklava at my party, or their recipes for that matter 😉

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I honestly would be a bit put out if an invite to a bridal shower said no gifts and the party was called a bridal shower.  A shower is just that, I would recommend as a PP said name it something different and do the recipes. I would prob decline if it was scrapbooking. I don’t scrapbook so would prob get bored easily

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

@gingerlylove:  I agree. There are always going to be more traditional guest who show up with a gift no matter what you say.

So unless you want to get some random gifts that you sound like you don’t want, it might be helpful to register for a few things and have a no wrap shower? That way the gifts are on display for everyone to see if they want, but you don’t have to sit and open them if you just want to mingle with your guests. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@karineh:  I feel like you could always break from tradition and just take any presents home to open.  I agree with pp, maybe if you don’t call it a shower it will help. 

ETA; duh just remembered you said you aren’t registering!  Ignore what I said here previosuly lol

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@karineh:  I agree that people are going to want to bring SOMETHING, hence the suggestion for ingredients. I’ve also heard people having success doing “bring a date night”, “bring your favorite bottle of wine”, etc…basically themes that would require the guest bring a trinkety gift.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@karineh:  lol us too! I was kinda jealous of people who got showers of that theme (although people were really generous at our shower, so I can’t complain 🙂 )

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