Maybe I'm just an old fart, but I like the more relaxed showers where you get a comfy seat, fill up a styrofoam plate with lots of good homemade food and sit around with family and friends to gab. I'm not big on finger sandwiches or salmon with cucumber slices.
I wish Crate & Barrel was around when I was getting married. I don't even remember registering anywhere when I got married. We took whatever gift you wanted to get us. And I sure as hell never expected someone to buy me the KitchenAid Stand Mixer with all the attachements.
I do like sitting back and watching people at these things. And I'll admit, I sometime just happen to overhear a few things. Why would you have a shower on a Sunday afternoon when some of the guests, who were aunts, are from out of town. They were able to stay for about an hour after the bride got there. I think if I lived in Washington D.C, I would have just mailed a card! That must have been a heck of a ride with the storms and traffic. I guess sometimes people just don't think.
I've never been to a shower where the groom stayed, sat next to the bride and opened gifts. Dude looked bored to tears.
One thing I was kicking myself over and over about was not taking my camera. There were so many great shots on the way down and on the way back that I could have gotten. Hey, it's only 15 minutes from home, we can take another road trip!
Well, at least it's over and I don't have any "scheduled" events for the next few weekends!