Once you and your other half get back from your honeymoon, you’re going to have a lot of wedding presents sitting there waiting for you to open them. But there are a lot of questions surrounding the gift-opening process, like, “who should I invite?” Here are a few of the do’s and don’ts of opening your wedding gifts:

Do have a wedding gift-opening party
A wedding gift-opening party certainly isn’t as big of a trend as the bridal shower or bachelorette party, but it is gaining popularity. You usually host the event following post-wedding brunch, which means that your friends and family will all be there to watch. If you don’t want everyone around for the event, you can wait until most of your guests have left, leaving only your closest friends and family.

Don’t open cash gifts
It’s not appropriate to open cards and cash gifts in front of the other guests, so it’s best to save the envelopes for later. You and your spouse can open them in private after everyone has left.

Do recruit helpGiftOpeningEtiquette
You and your spouse are going to have more than a few gifts to sort through, so you may want to call on the maid of honor or best man to help you keep track of them. This person can write down who gave you what, and can help you find specific addresses so you can give the gift giver a proper thank-you note.

Don’t wait to open if you don’t want to
Many couples feel as though they have to wait until after the wedding to open gifts. However, if you receive a gift in the mail, open it! This way, you can get a   jumpstart on writing thank-you notes before your wedding day even arrives.

Do serve leftover wedding food
Have leftover wedding food and cake that you don’t know what to do with? Consider serving those leftovers at the gift-opening party! This way, it doesn’t go to waste, and you can keep the celebration going a little longer.

Don’t open them at the reception
Your wedding reception seem like the appropriate time to open up gifts, but your nuptials aren’t like a birthday party. You don’t want to take your guests away from the food and the dance floor by having them watch you open presents. Instead, you can invite close friends and family over to your home after your wedding has passed to reveal what each guest got you.

When do you and your spouse plan on opening up your wedding gifts? Share your thoughts with us!