(Closed) Post-Wedding Gift Opening…Food?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I havent heard of a public gift opening in terms of a wedding. But I dont think food is necessary, but maybe coffee and tea since you are still in the hotel and they will have to stay a while before seeing their gift opened. Kind of like a shower, it takes a long time to go through all of them. 

Is this popular where you are from? 

Post # 5
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1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Huh, I’ve never heard of this.  I wouldn’t worry about feeding them unless it’s going to take a REALLY long time.  People can go without food for 30 minutes.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If it’s just close family and friends as you say, I wouldn’t bother offering food. I think these people, of all people, would totally understand, especially if they just finished breakfast. if you really really really want to serve something, I would do something light as a palate cleanser, like maybe some fruit or mimosas. Do you even anticipate that many gifts? We ended up with a ton of envelopes and a small handful of gifts the day of. The rest were all shipped from the websites.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve never heard of a gift opening event on the next day..

If this is like a wedding shower, or open house/house-warming, then yes food should be provided, although it can be just appetizer type things or muffins, donuts, cupcakes, cookies. People can have this while you are opening the gifts. It’s always nice to have something to offer your guests.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree with the suggestion for some fruit. At the very least I think you’ll need some beverages. You can get a box of coffee from many restaurants pretty cheaply. Then add some bottles of juice and water and you’re all set.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MrsD41503:  Yes, we opened up all of our gifts in private, including the envelopes. We had family at our house the next day, and after we packed them up and sent them on their way, that’s when we opened all of our envelopes. We pretty much knew what was in the boxes that showed up on the doorstep (thanks to the Thank You Manager from the places we registered with) so I’ve been tackling those a few at a time. I don’t have a sense of urgency since I already know what is in what; I just cut open the top and pull out the packing slip. We only received two gifts that was off the registry and not money/giftcards. To be quite honest, one of the gifts that was off the registry was something we would never want in a million years so in a way, I’m glad no one saw us open it, as ungrateful as that sounds. Again, we literally got a small handful of actual gifts (not envelopes) the day of the wedding so if everyone gathered to watch, it wouldn’t be all that exciting.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We opened all of our gifts together alone, except for some of the boxes in front of my grandma/uncle/our parents.  That said, our immediate family basically knew a lot of what we received ($$ amounts and such).  Part of that is because they’ll be the ones who have to reciprocate in the future, for when their friends’ children get married.  The second largest amount of money we received was from family friends who kids are just about to get married… we told them the bar was set high πŸ˜‰

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