Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Question From A Bride To Be.....

Can my finance and I open our gifts at the reception...

A wedding reception is a time of feasting and celebration. It is not a time to burden those (who are out of the loop) with the tedious task of watching the bride and groom Ooooh! and Awwwe! over the gifts they’ve received at their wedding.

Can you imagine how boring it would be if your friends invited you over on Christmas Day or during Chanukah to watch them open their gifts? Well, it’s the same difference.

But there’s more:

According to the rules of etiquette, guests aren’t required to bring a gift to the wedding. Many send them ahead of time, others send them afterward. In fact, according to the etiquette gurus, it’s perfectly appropriate to send a gift up to one year after the wedding date.

So what happens to those guests who are standing around watching the bride and groom open everyone’s gifts but theirs? And what about those who can only afford a can-opener and not a plasma TV? What about their embarrassment and hurt feelings?

Well everyone in Wedding World, I guess you get our drift. It’s just not gracious to open gifts at your wedding reception. In summary: it’s boring, it’s tacky, and for some, it can be embarrassing and hurtful.

Save the gift opening for home to be shared with your families—and with each other! That’s the way it should be!

Happy wedding planning!

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