(Closed) Opening presents at bridal shower..does it ever get boring?

posted 10 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I hate being in front of people, therefore was not excited about the opening gifts part at the bridal shower either. I had my 5 year old niece help me, she would get the presents and help open. She’s so cute that she stole the show, which is what I wanted.

Post # 4
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yes. The only good thing I can say about it is that it’s less boring than opening baby shower presents. Lace teddies and sex gag gifts have the potential to be at least more funny than onesies and diapers.

Post # 5
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yes. Every.Single.Time.

Post # 8
47421 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It definitely can be boring-especially when the shower is too large. Sometimes it feels more like a convention than a shower.

If your shower weren’t already planned I would suggest breaking it up into 3 different showers hosted by 3 different people. Since it appears to be planned, perhaps you could break up the gift opening into 3 parts with games or food and drink in between,

Open the gifts as fast as you can being repsectful of the time it took to wrap the gift etc. It’s a hard thing to balance not looking greedy without taking so long that you lose the audience.

Post # 9
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I thought it was so weird to have people WATCH me open present after present. It got especially bad when I opened the same blender THREE times!

At a baby shower I once bought this girl a baby sling she had on her registry – and she opened a different type of baby carrier before she opened mine and the woman who brought it goes “Oh I heard that that one you wanted can smother the baby!” I felt horrible but she and I laughed about it later when she ended up giving me one of the three blenders.

I think so long as you don’t take FOREVER opening presents and ohhing and ahhing over each one…THAT gets really annoying to watch. Just a quick thank you and maybe a mention of how you’ll use it, is enough. And DON’T pass them around…if people want to see them they can come look later.

Post # 10
2828 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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I hope that no one throws me a shower, because every shower I have been to ends up being that you sit there for 30+minutes to 2-3 hours watching someone open gifts.

ooooooooooooooooh *so* exciting. I would rather fold my laundry to be honest (not to mention I dread being the person opening gifts in front of others).


Post # 11
966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hopefully your bridesmaids will start making you open gifts almost immediately.  I’ve been to two large showers, over 80 people, and they went on forever and ever.  The first shower we didn’t make the bride open her gifts until people were finished eating.  That was a mistake.  It ended up being 5 hours.  I’m not kidding.  People ended up leaving even before their gift was opened. The second shower, we did the gifts in stages and it only took 3 hours.  Also a cool idea is a “green” shower, where guests are asked not to wrap the gifts.  Instead they are put on display and you and the guests can look at your leisure while you chat and eat. 

Post # 12
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you play games with it, like, present bingo, it is more fun and doens’t get boring quite as fast.

Post # 13
10844 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

75-80 people is A LOT. I second turning it into a game. Set a kitchen timer and every time it goes off, the person whose gift you’re opening gets a prize 🙂

Post # 14
1396 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not a fan of watching people open a ton of presents, and I don’t want to put anyone through that.  I think what I’m going to do instead is have an open house shower.  It won’t be too formal, People can bring a present if they want, and if they want to bring it wrapped they can, but they can bring it unwrapped.  That way, I can either open it right when they give it to me or I can have it there, unwrapped, sitting out for everyone to see.  I’ve heard several people in my area say that they’ve done this or been to one like this, and it was way better. 

This way, people can look at your gifts without having to watch you open every. single. one.  PLUS, it gives everyone a chance to talk to the bride one-on-one and the bride can spend more time with each guest individually.

Post # 14
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yea I was wondering if there is a way to get out of this. 😉 I’m going to have about the same number of people at my shower… Possibly even more!! Ugggggh. Not looking forward to it.

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