(Closed) What’s your opinion on display showers?

posted 8 years ago in Parties
  • poll: What do you think of display showers?
    Good idea - environmentally friendly! : (23 votes)
    21 %
    Good idea - watching someone open gifts is boring! : (25 votes)
    23 %
    Bad idea - the whole point of a shower is to watch a bride open gifts : (45 votes)
    42 %
    Other : (14 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    4001 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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 # 5
    4001 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
    2404 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    2641 posts
    Sugar bee

    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
    202 posts
    Helper bee

    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
    4382 posts
    Honey bee
    • 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
    523 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    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
    544 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    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
    5154 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    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
    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    2362 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • 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
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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

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