(Closed) When To Start Using Shower Gifts?

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
Member
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

i want to know too! so curious about this!!

Post # 5
Member
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club

We didn’t wait, but I’m not sure what the ettiquette is. We had just moved before our shower and had nothing in our house, so our guests were pretty aware we’d be using everything right away.

Post # 6
Member
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I used mine right away.. I think everyone knew. A word of warning though… we unpacked all the shower gifts right as we got them.. unwrapped them and washed them and put them away. My advice..  . make sure you pay attention to what you are getting. We ended up with doubles and triples of things and I never thought to keep them so try and return or regift or sell them! This might be common sense, but we just got caught up and ended up not paying attention to the quantity of similar items.

 

Post # 7
Member
396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I used mine right away! And in the thank you cards I thought it made it more personal to say how we had already used the things people had gotten us. You know like FH has already used the panini maker 2 times! It’s so nice to have him cooking dinner…. and so on.

Post # 8
Member
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

You are supposed to treat them just like wedding gifts and not use them until after the wedding.  We broke this rule on a couple of gifts.. but don’t tell people you’re doing it.  Your older guests in particular will probably be put off by it.

Post # 9
Member
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

really? that seems SOO wierd to me…so what about the thank you notes? Don’t say “The new knives work great”?

Post # 10
Member
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We used some of ours right away and still have not used others. We started using our everyday glasses, plates, bowls and we used some other things too (vase, pizza stone, pitcher, snack caddy, picture frames, etc) The only things we havent used are the electronic things (blender, slow cooker, etc) as well as some other things we just havent had a use for yet (large salad bowl, punch bowl set, etc). The reason why we didnt use the electronic stuff is because we thought we might get duplicates so we wanted to wait tosee which one was better! At my shower we got 2 food processors and we returned one because it was nowhere near as good as the other!!

Post # 11
Member
3575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’ve used ours already and I’ve already mentioned their use in our thank you cards.  I think people would like to know that their gift(s) is going to good use.  I really don’t see a problem with this at all.

Post # 11
Member
3575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’ve used ours already and I’ve already mentioned their use in our thank you cards.  I think people would like to know that their gift(s) is going to good use.  I really don’t see a problem with this at all.

Post # 12
Member
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I say use them if you want to! I too, like starfish, just moved into a new house with Fiance and we had so much fun decorating, arranging the kitchen, and in general, making the house our own. Our new KitchenAid mixer just looks so good on the new counter! I couldn’t wait until October to use it. Anyway, we decided with the move-in timing, it was just silly not to unwrap and enjoy. I pretty much plan on doing the same thing with all shower/wedding gifts we get before the big day. But, neither of us are all that traditional when it comes to wedding etiquette or superstitions. 

Post # 13
Member
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

So what is the correct working for a thank you if you are not supposed to use the items?

 

“We look forward to making many panini sandwiches!”?

Post # 14
Member
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@coffeekitty:I’m with you. I dont see anything wrong with using them before. i have NEVER heard of not using gift until after.

Post # 15
Member
1222 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Shower gifts are not to be used until after the wedding. The reasoning behind this is if, for whatever reason, you call off the wedding you are supposed to send the gifts back. I can’t imagine having to wait 6 weeks (that’s how far out my shower is) though if I received something I’d being dying to have!

The topic ‘When To Start Using Shower Gifts?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors