(Closed) Trying not to be a judgmental bee…

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Wait, you have to buy stuff at the shower, or the gift you bring has to be from Pampered Chef? That’s strange – I’ve never heard of that!!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve heard of these (my co-worker went to one last year). She thought it was strange, too, but supposedly, the bride’s aunt sells pampered chef (and was the one who threw the party) and it was an excuse to make quite a bit of commission. I don’t think the bride was too thrilled about it either. 

But maybe it’s what the bride wanted…maybe she just really loves pampered chef?

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Seems a little “off” – is one of the bride’s friends hosting, as in, they get a cut of everything?  (I assume that’s how PC works).

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

To each his own……not something I would choose to do, but I’m not the one getting married.  If that’s what they want then hey, why not, though I can see it being a bit awkward knowing how much everything costs that everyone is buying there.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Oh, wow, that’s bad! Technically it’s not the bride’s fault, since the bride doesn’t usually plan the shower. I guess I would chalk it up to the host not being very tasteful. I would still go though if it isn’t the bride’s idea.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yeah I find that a little strange… Especially since someone is making commission off of what you buy! I really hope it’s not the person throwing the shower, because that would definitely leave a bad taste in my mouth.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Well, it’s a Pampered Chef party….that’s usually how they go. If she wants kitchen gadgets, you can pick it out there I guess. Which is a little different but hopefully the ‘host’ has the tact to handle the money stuff in a separate room…which is always how i’ve seen it done.

Some people really really love pampered chef–a friend of mine is just addicted to it and registered there, which you can do, also.

Hopefully whoever makes the commission (i hate those kinds of set ups!) donates it (how cool would that be? Donating to the bride’s favorite charity?) or pays for extra nice food and drinks for everyone that night, knowing that she’ll bring in some money.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

it’s like a tupperware/mary kay/avon party and calling it a bridal shower.

you don’t bring a gift, you buy something off their catalog, and that’s the bride’s gift. (and the aunt’s commission).

i wouldn’t do it.

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Do you think she would be offended if you bought something off the registry and brought it to the shower?

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yep, it’s like Mary Kay. The Pampered Chef lady buys the products for 50% price and sells them at retail (whatever you pay for, basically). And the more people buy, like let’s say the sales are $400 that night, the bride gets like $50 worth of ‘points’ to spend towards more Pampered Chef.

Oh yeah if she’s already registered, just pick that up. And if anybody asks why you did that instead, just make something up–“oh i was already shopping” or “oh i’d already bought it” or something.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

It does seem a little odd at first, but after I thought about it, it’s almost the same thing as a registery (kind of).  I know when I registered, I registered at my favorite stores.  Beings I created a list of things on my registery, I was basically telling my guests “hey, this is what I want!”  To me, having a Pampered Chef shower party thingy is no different.  It’s just the bride telling you what she wants.  I personally LOVE pampered chef and I’m a huge kitchen gadget freak, so I would have loved a party like this…I would have received things that I knew I would 100% use all of the time.  My shower experience was that out of about 30 ladies, only 2 actually shopped from my registery.  Don’t get me wrong, I was very greatful for everything I received, but considering the ladies didn’t shop off of my registery, they pretty much gave me things that I already had and did not need. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I don’t think these are that bad. I’ve been to one before. It was actually kind of convenient for me, I like Pampered Chef stuff, and I bought something for me and took care of her registry at the same time. I personally would rather an individual that was close to the bride get the money than a large chain like Target or Macy’s. I can see where some might think it’s in poor taste, but I thought it was kind of unique and a smart way to make sure you get what you want.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

im a pampered chef consultant and this is a great way for the bride to get some good kitchen stuff. im not trying to promote or anything. i usually try to throw in something for guests to win and so on so theres a little more fun involved. it basically works like a catalog show. the bride gets the free product credit too. its great if the bride likes pampered chef but if she has no interest in it then well…you get the idea. basically the bride looks through the catalog and creates a wishlist…pretty much what she would do for a registry at a store. the wish list is then presented to the guests at the shower to choose from. dont freak out if your budget is a little tight. there are several items that arent that expensive. if the idea of this still freaks you out then just get her a card and a different kind of gift. im sure she’d understand. hope ive helped a little bit

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