(Closed) Opening Wedding Gifts

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

i dont think there is a right or wrong thing to do. but we had a brunch the day after our wedding and invited our family and opened gifts (which i hate opening gifts infront of people) but it wasnt’ bad at all acutally was quite fun!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve been invited to one of these and it was super awkward, In My Humble Opinion. I dont like to see anyone open gifts, let alone devote an entire meal to it. Then again, I’m not keen on it at the bridal shower either, so maybe I’m not the best one to ask. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I think these gift opening parties are awkward. I’d rather just have brunch with the couple.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve never attended a post-wedding gift opening celebration but I know other bees have had one. Personally, Darling Husband and I had most of our registry gifts shipped to our house prior to the wedding so by the day of, we only had a few in boxes. The rest were envelopes. We didn’t open our envelopes in front of anyone as we didn’t see the need for anyone to see how extravagant (or not) someone was.

I didn’t have a wedding shower.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are doing something like this.  Not really because of the whole opening gifts thing, but because we want an opportunity to spend time with all of our out of town guests, but don’t want to be split up.  For me opening gifts and the brunch is just a reason to get these people together.  

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

hello,

I’m in the same boat. My mom really wants to do this brunch the day after the wedding too. I have a feeling that we are going to be so exhausted from the night before and opening gifts in front of a crowd is awkward and my face goes super red. At the engagement party people I didn’t expect people to bring gifts and when they did I was told to open them in front of everyone, face went red and I got all hot and clammy. Fi is the same way. So im not really sure what to do at this point.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had a day-after-the-wedding brunch and open house, but no gift opening. I’ve heard of it online, but it’s not common here.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I agree with the the Bee’s I think it is up to you.  I wouldn’t mind opening up actual gifts, but I feel uncomfortable opening cards with cash in them.  I’m not sure how to get out of that… any ideas?  I have a feeling my Future Mother-In-Law would like to see who gave us what…

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think this is up to you.  I would personally feel uncomfortable opening gifts in front of people.  But then again, I don’t like opening any gifts in front of people ever. 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It’s pretty common in my area for the families to get together while the couple opens their gifts, but usually it’s just the immediate family. I have been to one wedding where they invited practically everyone, rented a pavillion, etc and I thought it was a bit much. I’d feel weird opening cash gifts in front of a bunch of people.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I personally think it’s akward but it’s up to you!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

we tried to organize a day-after picnic lunch, but most people bailed. It ended up just being us, my Mom and step-Dad, and my bro and his wife. My Fiance and I had already opened our physical gifts and all the cards, and I’m so glad we did it privately! she wrote everything down and I unwrapped, and we just kept gasping at the generosity of our guests! so, I would vote for organizing the brunch, but pass on the public gift opening.

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

It’s fairly common in my area and we did a backyard brunch.  We had the pool open and volleyball/badminton/bocce/horseshoes set up so people could do whatever and if they wanted to watch some gifts that was cool too. 
Mostly just as excuse to hang out with our out of town guests (mostly aunts and uncles) again and get to visit more. 

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