A: Yes, the bride has to open up the gifts at the shower. We can understand why some brides don't want to-some feel uncomfortable with everyone "staring" at them while they're opening the presents or some don't want to feign enthusiam for the gifts. However, the purpose of the bridal shower is to "shower" the bride with gifts. As a result, it is definitely expected by most of the guests, if not all, that the bride will open them at the actual shower. If the bride doesn't, many of the guests will find it rude.
Another consideration-if the bride doesn't open up gifts, what will the guests do instead of watching the gift opening? Some guests have said they feel weird if the bride doesn't open up the gifts and thought, "uhh, what are we supposed to be doing?" If the bride isn't opening up gifts, it's just a lunch with females.