(Closed) The “performance” during gift opening…

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
122 posts
Blushing bee

aww I cant help at all, showers aren’t at all common in the Uk I have never been to one but i feel your pain

Post # 5
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I know for me, I just kept feeling the love more and more from my guests as I opened presents. I definitely didn’t have to fake enthusiasm because even for gifts that were smaller or less than useful, I was still just excited they thought of me. It sounds totally cheesy, but once you’re surrounded by the special ladies in your life, you’ll probably feel the same way :).

Post # 7
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Smile and exclaim “Ohhhhh how cute/useful/fun/I’ve been wanting one of these!” and thank the person individually. Hold up the gift, let people ooh and ahhh 🙂

OH, and have someone sitting next to you keeping track of names and getting addresses for thank you cards. I wish I had done this at my daughter’s christening, we ended up losing the sheet with everyone’s info and it was a mess… a mess I still have etiquette regrets about 3 years later :-/

Don’t worry, people understand that it’s overwhelming, mostly everyone has been to showers before. People will probably be chatting and eating during as well, so make jokes, and try to go fast haha!

Post # 9
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m with you on the awkwardness of opening gifts in front of people and having to ooh and aah over cheese boards and salad bowls. On top of that, my family lives in a different country, so my shower guest list consisted of relatives of DH’s. I actually knew only about 30% of the shower guests.

I had 6 mimosas before opening the gifts. It helped tremendously. I opened them so enthusiastically, I even fooled Darling Husband. He turned to me at some point and said “See, you’re enjoying your shower after all!” Ha! I should have won an Oscar for this.

Post # 11
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Depending on what kind of shower you are having (formal vs informal) you could do bridal shower bingo! You make bingo cards with things traditionally given at showers (lingerie, mixer, kitchen gadgets, etc) and whoever wins gets a small prize. (we did brownies at my baby shower, and allowed for multiple winners that way!) This gives the guests something to think about so not so much attention is on you. The guests had a lot of fun with it, and it took a lot of the attention off me!

Post # 13
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

You just need to e organized, this is where your bridal party comes in handy.  if they are not in attendance then recruit family or close friends.  One person should be sitting next to you with a pen ready to write on each card what the present is for the thank you cards.  you open the cad, announce who it is from and then hand the card over, open the present, announce what it is, hold it up (if it’s not too heavy), say thank you and then hand it over to a waiting person who will repack and put in the opened pile.  Someone else should be nearby moving presents forward and collecting garbage.  you do no need to have a full dissertation about each present, just say what it is, thank you and move on.

Personally,  I find it offensive when the bride/couple do not open the gift themselves.  I hate when the bridal party opens the gift for the couple and they just look at it. I didn’t spend the time money and energy picking out and wrapping a present for the bridesmaid.

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