(Closed) when do I show up to my own shower?

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I was already there at mine before the guests started arriving.  I’m not sure if that is normal, but it’s what I did, but then again, I’m a pretty punctual person.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I showed up 15 minutes after it started. I guess I made a grand entrance, but all the decor and everything else was a surprise to me, which is why I think my sister wanted me there afterwards.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hide in a storage closet until everyone gets there and jump out and surprise THEM!  Turn the tables a bit 😛

I’m just kidding, in case you didn’t see my sarcasm font.  I think it would be ok if you were already there, it isn’t a surprise shower so I don’t think anyone would make a big deal out of it.  Besides, you get to make a “grand entrance” at the wedding!!

Post # 6
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5787 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I showed up 15-20 minutes into the party

Post # 7
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2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

In my experience with non-surprise showers, the bride is usually there the whole time, greeting the guests as they arrive.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It depends what you’d prefer: to greet each guest as they arrive, or to make a grand entrance.

Personally, I’m on the shy side, so a shower in my honor is enough attention in and of itself. I’d rather not add to that with an entrance lol. I also like the idea of greeting my guests as they arrive, it seems more grateful (this is just my opinion for my own shower, I wouldn’t think anything of a bride who chose an entrance).

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It doesnt have to be a surprise, it all depends on what you want.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper

I got to mine early to make sure I was there as guests arrived and to have a few minutes to take in and appreciate the food/decor/everything my hostesses had done for me. It worked well for us!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@AliceandtheOwl:  I wondered about the same thing!  My Maid/Matron of Honor told me to just show up early and I could see everything decorated and then talk to everyone as they arrive.  It turned out great!  I was able to say to hello and visit with everyone for a few minutes.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d say be there before it starts to greet the guest as they walk in. I once went to a non-surprise babyshower and the mother didn’t show up until about 20-30 minutes after it started. Everyone was kind of sitting there like “Where the heck is she?!?” If it was a surprise it would have been totally different. Also, the longer it takes you to get there the longer it takes for the shower to get started / your guest to eat / etc.

Honestly, no one likes wasting a whole day sitting at a wedding shower while you open gifts. Showers are boring (everyone knows this right?!? lol!) I personally think you need to get in, eat a nice meal, mingle, play a game or two and get your guests out. Therefore showing up after your shower has already started is slightly weird to me. IMO. Maybe it’s different in other states? idk 🙂

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