I’ll admit…this may be the first Ask Burgh Brides submission to ever stump me. I even sought the advice of a wedding planner friend; she had just as many ideas as I did, which was one. Maybe you’ll be able to help!
Bride K writes…
“We recently moved to Texas but are having our wedding and all pre-wedding events in Pittsburgh. What is the best/easiest way to have a bridal shower in Pittsburgh when we live out of town? I want to have a traditional shower where I open gifts but I do not want the burden of traveling back with all of my gifts or paying for shipping. Help!”
Ok, so let’s get this straight…this little lady lives in Texas, is having her bridal shower in Pittsburgh, but doesn’t want to worry about getting all of her gifts back to the Lonestar State. I get it. I could barely get all of my shower gifts from Station Square to Regent Square in the trunk of my car. Imagine transporting all of those goodies across multiple state lines!
I thought of one solution. Although traditional etiquette will advise you otherwise, you could add a note to the shower invitation that says something to the effect of “We kindly ask that gifts are shipped directly to the couple in Texas to ease K’s travel back home.” Most etiquette advice will tell you it’s uncouth to include a note like this but your concern is also a very understandable one.
To make it feel more like a traditional shower with time devoted to opening presents, you could also suggest that guests wrap up a photo of their gift or that they include one in their card. This will allow you to open gifts in the presence of guests, providing that classic shower atmosphere, while not having to worry about schlepping your new towels, toaster, and the like back to Texas.
What do you think? Any ideas on how an out-of-town bride can have a traditional shower without the hassle of dealing with gifts later? Comment below and help a fellow Burgh Bride (and this stumped blogger) out!
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