(Closed) Opening gifts at shower

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 16
1385 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Might just be me, but I think a shower without opening gifts is pretty boring.  I enjoy seeing what people get as gifts. I hate being the center of attention too, but my the showers I had were just close friends/family so it wasn’t bad. I know plenty of people who like to watch their gift be opened too so you might have some disappointed guests if you don’t. But two hours is excessive, she probably had way too many guests. Just keep the guest list simple.

Post # 17
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Where I live if would be very strange to attend a gift giving event and not have the gifts opened for people to see. I’m one of those weirdos who actually enjoy watching people open gifts… especially open my gift!

Most showers/birthdays I go to people are still eating, drinking and socializing while the gifts are being opened. That way you can drift in and out of the opening of presents, it’s much more relaxed, no semi circle of awkward silence. 

Post # 18
9895 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

The whole point is to “shower” you with gifts.

I’d be really annoyed if I brought a present and the bride couldn’t even be bothered to open it while I was there. You don’t have to make it a huge deal, play some games and have some drinks while you’re opening them.

Make a smaller guest list if it’s that big of an issue, or have multiple showers.

Post # 19
132 posts
Blushing bee

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whatevergift410 :  unfortunately I don’t think there is a way to get around the opening, but we are doing a couple’s shower- IMO so much better to have Fiance there to take some attention off me 

Post # 20
8238 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

If you really can’t spend 2m opening a gift someone bought you, you probably shouldn’t have a shower. I too find this boring, but if someone bought you a gift, the least you can do is OPEN IT and thank them! 

Post # 21
3067 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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whatevergift410 :  The best shower I ever went to was one that said ” do not wrap presents” . All the gifts were displayed on the table lol It was nice but I dont think I would have one like that myself..I remember getting the invite adn being like..how DARE you tell me what to do with my gift! haha

I think as long as the bride/mama to be is cognizant of how long she is taking to open gifts it can speed up the marathon of present opening and make this less of an issue. I attended a SMALL shower ( less than 30 guests) of one of my besties and she stil managed to take like an HOUR . It was soooo slow! Torture!

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