(Closed) Opening Gifts at Reception?

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve never seen it and would feel kind of uncomfortable if I went to a wedding where this was happening.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The closest I’ve seen to this is like what Scissors mentioned — bride and groom opening gifts at the morning-after brunch. I’ve never seen a couple open their gifts at the wedding. 

Post # 19
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We opened ours at a brunch the next morning with our closest family and friends but I think I would feel really awkward opening them at the reception.  And I think I’d be bored as a guest.

To each their own I guess!

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It is definitely a regional thing! But it’s also something that is not very common anymore. I know when my parents got married, it was what you did. You opened gifts at the wedding. I had never heard of it until recently either, but apparently it used to be a very common Southern thing.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’ve never seen it at a wedding, weird. I had a friend read an Emily Post etiquette book about weddings, that said you should display all of your gifts on a table (day after a shower or a wedding) and invite people to come and view it, including money gifts! Odd….

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I have never really heard of doing this, until this past Sunday, we had my fiances’ parents over for dinner and his Mom said that they didn’t have dancing at their reception, instead they opened presents. That was 52 years ago this November. She doesn’t wish for us to open gifts at the wedding, and said she is looking forward to dancing, but I thought it was very interesting. 

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