Opening wedding presents with the family-thoughts?

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communitynameis... Posts : 15 Registered: 5/13/10
Opening wedding presents with the family-thoughts?
Posted: Jul 11, 2010 9:57 PM

Ok, so I have a dilemma. My FMIl (two weeks from today!) really really wants my FH and I to open presents with her whole family and my mother the day after we get back from our honeymoon.

Normally I would love to open presents with the family. However, my fiance and I live 1800 miles away from our families, and any/all presents that are not shipped to us will have to be packed into our SUV and driven home with us, on Thursday (the day after she wants to open presents).

We will have quite a bit of stuff with us, between the gifts we received from our shower (still in our hometown), and then any wedding gifts, plus our own luggage and such from my month long stay at home and husband's 15 day stay....

I am most definitely willing to compromise and open SOME presents-if there are any gifts that she really really wants to see opened, I would love to accommodate her and open those gifts. Even with 25 gifts (which out of our 125 person wedding seems pretty normal/reasonable), it will be difficult to repackage and stuff everything back into the storage area of our vehicle.

How do I diplomatically tell her that her wish, while lovely and thoughtful, is impractical for our circumstances, without getting things off on the wrong foot? If we didn't have to travel the very next day, I would understand-but we can't delay our trip home even one day because of jobs...

thoughts, ladies?

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auntofthebride Posts : 9,354 Registered: 4/2/06
Re: Opening wedding presents with the family-thoughts?
Posted: Jul 11, 2010 10:21 PM Go to message in response to: communitynameis...

Dear Comm,

Well, on first glance I would think it more efficient to open the presents, then repack them without boxes, wrapping, bows, etc. A set of bath towels can be wrapped around some dishes, for example.

If you really don't want to do it that way, just tell her "Sorry, no, that's not possible.".

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myras Posts : 396 Registered: 2/26/10
Re: Opening wedding presents with the family-thoughts?
Posted: Jul 12, 2010 1:09 PM Go to message in response to: communitynameis...

"How do I diplomatically tell her that her wish, while lovely and thoughtful, is impractical for our circumstances"

That's exactly what you tell her (that is, what HER SON tells her.)

myra@classysassyweddings.com

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auntofthebride Posts : 9,354 Registered: 4/2/06
Re: Opening wedding presents with the family-thoughts?
Posted: Jul 12, 2010 3:15 PM Go to message in response to: myras

Dear Myra,

" (that is, what HER SON tells her.)"

Another speechless robot groom.

I agree, FH should deal with his mom.

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SpideyBridey Posts : 66 Registered: 5/17/09
Re: Opening wedding presents with the family-thoughts?
Posted: Jul 13, 2010 3:01 PM Go to message in response to: communitynameis...

Tell her to come to you!

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