15 April 2013

Bridal Showers: The Dirty Secret...

Ok, there's not really a dirty secret.
But let me tell ya, I was wholly unprepared for it.
I have a tendency to get really bad anxiety around large groups of people at any time, let alone when I personally am the center of attention.  {you don't even know how nervous i used to get during chorus concerts in high school...ughh}  And a bridal shower, when you're the bride...well. Wow.

1: Everyone wants to say hi.  And some of them want to chat your ear off forever, not realizing there's a million other people who want to say hi.

2: Some people will not even bother to say hi.  You will find this highly annoying and rude, though you were already annoyed with saying hi to everyone else.

3: Everyone just wants food and to see their gift opened.  They really don't care about anything else.  {ok so that's how i feel at parties...sue me! LOL}

4: You will be totally overwhelmed by people's generosity.  And completely underwhelmed by some.

5:  The cake at your shower will be the most highly anticipated dessert until the wedding day.

6:  There will be young children trying to help you rip open each and every gift.  And they'll shout loudly to tell you what their parents got you.  It's pretty hilarious.

I am one of those people who tends to need to be all OCD about every little detail.  I actually didn't even lend any input into my shower, except for my venue preference and a guest list.  Everyone was honestly was surprised that I didn't tweak out over anything {excepting the part where my fiance didn't even show up to help open gifts at the end...he's never living that down.} 

I was completely unprepared for the awesomeness that awaited me.  Everyone was there for me, to celebrate my joy and my fiance's.  I couldn't believe the mountain of gifts we received, it seriously took three vehicles to cart them all to my house!  I was completely in awe.

That being said, I was also amazed by these things:
1: We received zero repeat gifts.  Not that that is a bad thing, but EVERY single shower I've been to {including one that only 12 people were at!} has had at least one large gift be repeated. 
2:  We received no personalized gifts.  Again, not a bad thing, as it's not exactly our style, but there's always someone who gets something from Things Remembered for you. Always!
3: We were given very few gift cards.  Only 3 actually.  Definitely not a bad thing, but again, at every shower there seems to be a group of people who didn't have a chance to buy a gift or weren't sure what to get and so they give you a gift card...not the case at my shower!

All these things said - pretty much every single item on our registry ended up in our possession!  A definite rarity, to be sure!

Thank you so much to my sisters and my mom for throwing such an amazing shower for me!
And my bridesmaids for helping out!!


Aubrey S. said...

Sounds like you were good and spoiled for your shower...in a good way. That cake is beautiful. Glad you enjoyed the party so much.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

looks like a delicious cake. so glad it all went so well & you got items you will love & enjoy for years to come. have a great week. ( :

hopping over from My So Called Chaos.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a great bridal shower! That's awesome you didn't get any repeat gifts :D
Stopping by from My So-Called Chaos!

Miss Angie said...

That is fantastic! Congrats!

Karrie Smith said...

I love your cake! I'm glad you were able to relax and have a good time! I get very anxious as events, especially if they are for me (so much pressure!), and my anxiety will come out as anger/aggitation/irritation at people sometimes. Mostly my mother :)

becca said...

popping over from My so called Chaos following now