Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or wrapped in clear ? Back
Jsquared Posted: May 21, 2011 03:20 PM+
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Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or wrapped in clear ?

Has anyone heard of this?
I really dont want to spend 3 hours opening gifts at my shower.. I want to mingle !

MOB and MOG are horrified at the idea and think the guests will be too. What do you think? Tacky?

I really want to win this one lol! I was hoping to figure out a cute way of doing this.. maybe a poem insert to put in the invitation or something?

Basically i think its boring to open gifts and everyone attending knows what was on your registry!
I am willing to open the cards and hold the gifts up as usual, i just dont want to waste more time unwrapping!


TIA!


ETA: I think its odd that people find sparing your guests from boredom rude !
CantWait2Wed Posted: May 21, 2011 03:50 PM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

.Not to offend anyone who has done this but I think it is incredibly tacky. It remindes me of when you are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to a toy drive.
HSsweethearts Posted: May 21, 2011 03:56 PM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

I heard of someone writing on the shower invites - 'Be a dear- wrap it clear!'

I thought that was cute.

I think as a guest I wouldn't think too much of it thought I might find it annohying since then you can't just get it wrapped by the store.
dCa51899 Posted: May 21, 2011 03:56 PM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

we did this at my friend's shower... I think the wording used on the invites was 'be a dear, wrap in clear'

she still did the whole thing reading the cards and checking out the gifts...and if i remember right, she did unwrap some....but there were a few that she just read the card, looked at and said thank you and passed along

i didn't think it was tacky at all, her gifts all looked really nice & she still went thru the whole process...but my mom wasn't the biggest fan of the idea so i can see why your mom and FMIL are putting up a fight, old school i guess lol

to be honest tho, it really didnt save much time since she still did the whole traditional going thru each & every gift


jgold910 Posted: May 21, 2011 04:26 PM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

Sorry to be tacky - but I did open gifts and did the typical shower bingo - it was fun and only took 30 min and I had 60+ guests. My bridal party was very organized. I know that people were groaning when they heard they were opening gifts - but same people approached me and said they couldn't believe how fast it went - so not tacky IMO
Angel120905 Posted: May 21, 2011 04:42 PM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

I have been to showers where you wrap things in clear. I don't see the point if you are going to sit and go through the gifts anyway. However I did have a friend who for her bridal and baby shower had every thing wrapped in clear. Instead of going through the gifts she had people come in and do an activity. For her bridal shower she had someone do a salsa dancing lesson with everyone and for her baby shower she had some teach everyone how to decorate cupcakes.It was so much fun and got everyone involved!
ImgonnabeMrsC Posted: May 21, 2011 04:49 PM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

I think it's fine! It's your shower do it how you want. I thought bout this too bc I have so many peopl coming to mine I know how orange gifts can be lol
ImgonnabeMrsC Posted: May 21, 2011 04:50 PM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

Opening not orange..stupid iPad lol
MrsDtoB Posted: May 21, 2011 07:25 PM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

I have seen it done. I think it's your shower and you should do what you want!
As far as it being tacky, I went to a shower where the bride had on the invites cash/gift cards only and had no registries. I thought that was pretty tacky. She was a winner alright...
So no, I don't think its tacky at all!
Soon2bMrsB91511 Posted: May 21, 2011 07:59 PM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

I live in FL but my shower and wedding are both in NY.

I'm requesting that all gifts be sent to my house and am asking my mom to tell people to just print out a picture of what they got me.

i dont want to spend hours opening gifts either. I think that's only fun for the bride, but everyone else seriously wants to get it done and over with.
bartgirl12 Posted: May 21, 2011 09:35 PM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

i 100% recommend the clear wrap. It is the greatest thing ever at showers. I will be kinda upset if people don't do clear wrap for my shower and I actually get annoyed when other people don't do clear wrap nowadays at their showers. My grandmother didn't like the idea the first time she saw it, but now she loves it too.
adelya21 Posted: May 21, 2011 11:09 PM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

Some of my gifts were wrapped i clear wrapping paper with ribbon and it was super cute! i think FMIl asked pple to do that lol
NYtherapist Posted: May 21, 2011 11:10 PM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

I'm going to a friend's shower in a couple of weeks. Her invitation says: 'Help us save the planet - no wrapping please!'

Honestly, as a guest, I prefer being spared the agony of watching the bride open gifts. How many times can I ooh and ahh at washcloths and bedding?
mtk1605 Posted: May 21, 2011 11:15 PM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

For my cousins shower we had an assembly line of bridesmaids, the first two BM opened the card and gift passed now unwrapped gift to bride 3rd BM took garbage 4th BM took gift from bride and helped 5th BM take all opened gifts and put in neat piles to be eventually put in the car...6th BM wrote all gifts down! 150 person shower... 1/2 hour on gifts!
LoveyDovey Posted: May 21, 2011 11:39 PM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

i think its a great idea!

i couldnt decide in time on it so im not doing it but kinda wish i had

everyone knows that brides know what gifts they are getting bc of registry stalking

I do not think its tacky at all

if you want to b able to mingle and dont care about the whole 'unwrapping gifts' thing then do it!

your guests will be thankful like thos above mentioned that they dont have to sit through an hour or 2 of you opening gift after gift
Mel-N-Az 2011 Posted: May 22, 2011 12:24 AM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?


Posted by MrsDtoB

I have seen it done. I think it's your shower and you should do what you want!
As far as it being tacky, I went to a shower where the bride had on the invites cash/gift cards only and had no registries. I thought that was pretty tacky. She was a winner alright...
So no, I don't think its tacky at all!



My momma wanted me to do this since I'm moving to FL a few weeks after the wedding and it would be easier to just buy everything down there, but I was afraid it would seem rude... like 'Gimme yo money people!'


and to weigh in on the topic, I think clear is fine... it's your shower so you should do as you please. Not tacky at all in my opinion

(also, I've noticed all the old people are quite resistant to going against tradidion, so don't mind them... they'll come around )
SoontobeMrsH Posted: May 22, 2011 12:31 AM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

IMHO _ TACKY & Rude, open the gifts, at your shower
JennylovesStephen Posted: May 22, 2011 12:39 AM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

I dont think its Tacky Jamie my Mom wats to do this at my shower and really I dread sitting there and watching the bride open her gift for 2 hrs its so boring
I think My Sis and Mom are doing this for mine
Kelli218 Posted: May 22, 2011 08:31 AM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

From all my experiences it is expected that the bride open her gifts at the shower... I have honestly never been to one where they didn't..

rosatemp Posted: May 22, 2011 08:34 AM+
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Re: Shower Gifts: Unwrapped or in wrapped in clear ?

I'm not a fan of the clear concept I went to a shower that did that and it took the fun away so I personally do not like it and it is kinda tacky
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