Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
If you’re not sure what it is, it’s where guests are asked to bring their gifts unwrapped, just with a pretty ribbon or bow on the gift itself, along with a card. The gifts are set out for display, and then the bride walks down the long table line, commenting on each gift and sharing who the giver is. This can cut hours out of the shower, and it’s a new top trend.
But what do you think of the idea?
Post # 3
I’d never heard of it before but I like it. I just had my shower last weekend and I was annoyed that I had to rush through eating so I could open the gifts. It took forever and I would of much rather socialized instead. Plus, I hated having everyone watch me open the gifts, I felt so cheesy. And, the environmentally friendly part is a major bonus. I’m sure my guests didn’t want to spend their time wrapping these big ol’ gifts either. Its a great idea to me!
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I personally am all about this idea. As a bride, I dont’ want to be the center of attention for that long. As a guest, I think watching a bride open presents is incredibly boring.
I also found some great wording to put on an invitation for a display shower:
At the request of the bride, this will be a casual “display” shower. Please bring your gifts unwrapped, so that [bride’s name] has more time to enjoy your company.
Post # 5
That’s exactly how I feel. I think you should push for this when your peeps start planning your shower. Trust me! It was ridiculous. Lol
Post # 6
i’ve never heard this either!! i’d def be open to doing this but i have a feeling the hostess wouldn’t like it and would scrap the idea. (at least mine would i’d guess) 🙁
I like it because it would save so much time and people could just mingle! and save massive amounts of paper in the process.
Post # 7
I’m on the fence with this. On the one hand, I can appreciate saving the time, saving a few trees, and saving your guests the money from having to wrap it up all nice.
On the other hand, some guests love to wrap things, and make them look all nice. And in opening gifts, that’s why Bms are there to help. They’re supposed to help you unwrap, (like having the present mostly unwrapped when you get it, so that you can just slip off the wrapping paper.) But what might not go over well for me, is the idea that the gifts would be sitting “on display” for so long. (As in all the other guests can sit there and examine up close who got what, and guess how much everyone spent). I know a lot of nice gals, but a party full of just women, there’s bound to be at least a few who would do this. And that might make someone feel self conscious.
Post # 8
I think this is an intersting idea. And with a Mother-In-Law and SIL who are not huge fans of showers (wedding or baby) this is something to consider. Thanks for sharing!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
Display showers around here are totally different. All of the bride’s gifts are laid out a few days before the wedding, typically in her family home, and then people come, drink mimosas, and ooh and aaah over what she’s gotten. Also, her dowry is set out
I don’t think we’re doing this, just because 1- Our house will be a circus and 2- I just don’t think I wanna. :p
Post # 10
What about this alternative- guests bring their presents wrapped and at present opening time everyone gets a present that isn’t theirs. Everyone opens the presents at once and then people share who brought the gift and what it is. I’ve never been to one like this, but I’ve heard of them and both the bride and guests really liked it.
Post # 11
Huh? Never heard of it. Seems odd and very artificial. If time is such a bother, then why even attend the shower? I understand the whole “eco-friendly” idea. But having the bride walk the line of gifts like hostess from the Price Is Right is a bit overboard in my honest opinion.
Post # 12
That is an interesting idea! I’ve never heard of it. I think it would be great if the bride gets shy easily or if the shower is very large and that would help save time.
My first shower was pretty low key/small and I know my mom and Maid/Matron of Honor will want me to open up all the wrapped gifts and my second shower but the idea is sorta neat for other people 🙂
Post # 13
I think it’s an idea but I want to open presents and as a guest I like watching the bride opening my gift and everyone else’s. If you are trying to be enviro friendly you can request guests wrap with newspaper. I don’t think the present opening is boring at all.
Post # 14
For eco-friendliness I always put my presents in reusable totes or pretty bags so people can reuse them either for themselves or for others.
I don’t think I’d like to attend a bridal shower that does this and wouldn’t like it for myself, but different strokes for different folks.
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I’m not sure I’m on board with this idea, but I’m also not into opening presents in front of everyone. I hate opening gifts in front of groups of people, I’m never sure how to react. I think I’m going to stick with the traditional bring a gift and then I’ll open it afterwards!
Post # 16
Me no likey. I love watching people open gifts and I love opening them! and I LOVE wrapping them up all pretty. and making the rehearsal bouquet out of the bows and the older aunts giving the bride crap for breaking so many strings….I’ve never heard of this before