Post # 1
On Sunday, two of my aunts are throwing me a bridal shower and I found out yesterday that they mentioned on the invitations that it would be a cash and coin shower, since we live overseas and it will be hard to take gifts back with us. My visa application for permanent residency in Australia will cost several thousand dollars, so the invitations said that is what the cash gifts would be used for.
My question is, do I open these giffts at the shower in front of everybody? My mom said the aunts had told people to come up with a creative way of presenting their gift, so I assume that means there will be some sort of public presentation and opening. I know it’s rude to comment on how much money someone has given, so what should I say when thanking each person for their gift so as not to cause anyone any embarrassment?
Post # 3
Thank you so much for your gift. And if you can manage enough individual ideas, “I will use it to ___”. Don’t comment on the amount, just how happy you are to receive it/how generous the person giving it is.
Post # 4
Hi! My couples shower (which happened in April) was a very similar situation. Everyone brought cards with the cash, and we opened them later – after everyone had gone. No one missed the “traditional” gift opening either, as we just made sure the shower was more of a party, with lots of food and drink! I would ask your friends to make sure this is the case. The worst thing in the world would be for eveyone to sit around in a circle watching you open cards with money inside, in my opinion! Plus it would be embarrassing for everyone (those who give only a little, and even those who give a lot) because money is such a sensitive situation!
Just keep in mind that a “shower” doesn’t have to mean gift opening is included!