(Closed) Where should shower gifts be opened?

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
1680 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hmm. That’s interesting. I’m honestly wondering the same thing myself. I believe my sister took the boxes to the shower and opened them there, but I’m not sure what formal etiquette dictates. 

Post # 4
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I think you’re fine to take the gifts home now. This is especially true if you will have a lot of guests at the shower and therefore a lot of gifts to open already.  Sometimes the gift opening part takes FOREVER. I’d wait until after the shower to send thank you cards along w/ the rest of the cards. 

Post # 5
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I just had my shower about a month ago, and out of town family sent gifts to our house for the shower.  Sweet in itself!  I didn’t expect them to do such a nice thing.  I took them with me to the shower and opeend them along with the other guests gifts.  One aunt actually asked me to take it to the shower, and to make sure I got a photo of me opening it.

I don’t think there is an etiquette for this.  It’s totally up to you.  Or maybe ask the givers what they prefer.  I could see that if you had a lot of gifts or large gifts, it could be a hassle toting them to your shower.

Post # 6
9572 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I opened them along with the other gifts at the shower and mentioned who they were from, etc.

Post # 7
7199 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@milag64:  When you say “take them home to open them” does that mean they were sent to the host’s house? If so, I would assume the gifter expected them to be opened at the shower. If they were sent to your house, then I’d assume they thought they’d be opened in private. 

Post # 8
2490 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I would open them at the shower and mention who they are from.

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