Post # 1
Bridal Shower coming up – some people have sent gifts ahead of time who wont be there. Is it more correct to open them up in front of everyone at the shower or is it ok to take them home now and not acknowledge at shower?
Obviously appropriate thank you cards will be written.
Post # 3
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
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
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
I opened them along with the other gifts at the shower and mentioned who they were from, etc.
Post # 7
@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
I would open them at the shower and mention who they are from.