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

posted 9 years ago in Parties
Post # 32
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Usually the showers I go to have an atmosphere that encourages people to talk and hang out without being forced to sit and stare at the gift opening the whole time.

How about having a separate activity going on at the same time, like having the guests write down something for the bride and add it to a scrapbook? They can work on that if they get bored.

Post # 33
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Evie19: I am secretly dreading this. I DO NOT want to be in front of people opening gift after gift and doing the whole “Thank you, I love it” routine endlessly.

I would rather it be a bridal PARTY.

Who wants cocktails????

๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 34
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We’re having a couples shower this weekend and the hosts requested that any gifts come unwrapped with a bow for the rehearsal bouquet so that the guys don’t have to sit through the opening of the gifts. I am so glad that they are doing it that way!!

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I like the “green” idea, as well as making sure people know that they can get up and move around.  I had a friend who had 80 people at her shower and she just made it known that people didn’t have to stay for the opening of gifts.  

The other thing you should know is that being the bride at a shower is really really exhausting.  ๐Ÿ™‚  It’s fun, but at the same time, really tiring.  It’s hard being “on” for that long and I honestly find opening presents in front of people stressful.  With 80 people, just be aware that you’re going to be tired, so drink lots of water and take breaks if you can.

Post # 37
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Evie19: FI’s and my rule for drinking:

1. As long as you’ve been awake for 2 hours, you’re good. Have a drink.

That is all ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

One idea that my friend did at her shower, and we’re thinking about for mine: 

As each guest walks in, they hand the bride their gift, and she opens it right then, while they watch, and they can chat a bit with the bride right away.  Although not everyone gets to see every gift be opened, i’d rather not bore them all.  people can come watch this way too if they want!  Then for the rest of the shower, obviously have lunch, and then do a couple games to keep the ladies entertained, but don’t make it last toooo long.  I think this will work better since my shower will also be 70ish people. 

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Personally, I like watching people open gifts, so I don’t think it gets boring ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 42
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

That was my least faveorite part. I loved opening everyone’s gifts, but I hated that they were all watching me! I mean, what if someone got offended because I didn’t look at their gift long enough and somone else’s I looked at way longer…So glad I am done with that until we have kids!

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

well at my friend’s shower, it took people close to 30 minutes to trickle in.  they also had a game going on during that time that required some mingling with other guests, so if someone arrived and the bride wasn’t available right at that minute, they would just mingle until she was free.  i like the way it worked

Post # 45
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Mrs.tobe: I really like your rule and agree with it!

Yes, opening gifts can get boring. Especially with that many people. However, its what people expect so I think they are used to it. Make sure you have enough alcohol for people to be consuming during their boredom!

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