Post # 1
This started in another post but I wanted to start a seperate post to discuss this. Recently I have been to a few showers where the Bride did not open her gifts during the shower. The time was used to eat, play games and socialize. I thought this was a great idea and I plan to do this at my own shower. Personally I would not like to be the centre of attention while opening gifts and everyone watching even if it only is for an hour or so..I understand this happens at baby showers but I see those as being different. What is you opinion on this? Please no quotes from any etiquette books or websites this is personal preference and opinions please.
Post # 3
I answered no, but only because my shower is in Philly and people are shipping gifts down here. If it was a traditional shower, then yes, gifts would definitely be opened.
Post # 4
I had my bridal shower over the weekend, and I opened my gifts then.
Post # 5
Of course! People like to see you open their gifts.
Post # 6
I will be opening gifts during. There’s bingo type games that can be played during the opening of gifts where people guess what the bride gets so people actually pay attention and have fun with it.
Post # 7
I did. I am sure the people that put the time into buying those things wanted to see me open them…..
Post # 8
I didn’t at my shower. I find that part of all showers so boring. Secondly, I feel it’s become a bit silly these days with the use of registries. As in, “Wow you got me the gift that I chose for myself!” So I skipped it.
Post # 9
Definitely will be opening them
Post # 10
I’m sure I’m going to feel mega-awkward too, but I think the least I can do for my guests who have taken the time to travel to the shower and buy me a gift is to open it in front of them and thank them personally for it.
Post # 11
Yes- it’s kind of the main event.
Post # 12
I will feel uncomfortable being the center of attention, but I think it’s rude not to open the presents.. That’s why everyone is there – to “shower” you with gifts – and people want to see you open the gifts!
my cousins shower went like this: all the guests were taken outside to play a game for about 20 minutes, ththere were brought back inside and apparently all of the bridesmaids had opened every gift and card and had them all arranged on a table for everyone to see. I was appaled at this. The bride didn’t even get to see what everyone bought her, because all the cards and gifts were seperated.. This was the worst idea I have ever seen.
The bride was apparently to shy to open the gifts in front of everyone, so she just had her maids do it for her. What really got me is that my mom and I had gone in on a really nice gift for her, and she doesn’t even know what we gave her.
Post # 15
It’s totally rude not to open the gifts at the shower.