Gender Reveal Ideas
Gender reveals have become a HUGE event during pregnancy. One way to reveal your baby's gender (the most expensive way in my opinion) is hosting a gender reveal party. This is exactly what we did for me and my now husband's first born. I decided to host the elaborate party inviting all of our family and friends over to find out what our baby would be. At 15 weeks pregnant, my friend Lindsay gifted me and Phillip with a gender scan at Angel Prints a few days before our planned party. After the ultrasound technician was certain and found the gender, she hid it in two envelopes: one for the bakery making our cake and one for my aunt who would be planning the big reveal. I, as well as my mother-in-law, mom, and husband, spent a bunch of money on decorations, food, and the items used for the reveal. We decided for our reveal that my Aunt Trisha would fill up water splashers with either blue or pink paint and have everyone shoot us with paint revealing whether we were having a boy or girl.
We spray painted, I don't know like, 50 water splashers black so no one could see the color inside. That was tedious to say the least. And poor Trisha had to go behind the shed and fill all of these up while everyone was inside partying and eating and mingling. Then she had to cover the tips with black tape so no one saw the color coming out (Trisha you're the best for that, I love you lol!)
We stood outside, covered our eyes, and began the countdown.
We were bombarded with paint before we opened our eyes and saw the color. PINK! ITS A GIRL!
I cried because deep down I wanted a girl SO BAD and couldn't believe my eyes! Also cried because I got paint in my eyes and it burned, LOL!
Though the gender reveal party was one of the most incredible days of my life (aside from our sweet Brin entering the world), there are other ways to reveal what your baby is.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE gender reveal parties, but lets be honest, they can get pricey. A cheaper alternative is to book a photographer, hint hint (; to capture photos revealing what baby is. It's like having a gender reveal party except its a party of 3, myself, mom and dad, getting together to take photos of the reveal. Then once the photos are edited and shared with mom and dad, they can announce via Facebook, Instagram, email, text, etc.. I recently shot a gender reveal shoot with an old friend of mine, Jorden and her boyfriend. They knew what they were having but no one else did yet. They bought some smoke bombs, met me at my shooting place, and we took some beautiful pictures for them to reveal online.
So fun and so much cheaper and easier!
I mean after invitations, decorations, food, supplies your spending well in the hundreds for a party, which of course if that's what you want to do then by all means do it! I am a sucker for a good gender reveal party.
OR you can spend money on just the supplies (smoke bombs-$12) and pay for a mini session ($75) and reveal this way. It saves a ton and you'll have these professional photos to add to your baby book and look back on forever!
The last alternative, which is the ultimate option for the strongest willed people, is to not find out the gender until baby is born.
I know what you're thinking, "Oh no Sydnie, I cannot wait nine plus months to find out what baby is, I must know NOW!" I get it, I have been there, and I definitely couldn't do it with my first born, BUT believe me, the wait is beyond worth it.
I recently shot a surprise gender birth and it was incredible! I videoed mom telling me the name choices for if it's a girl and for if it's a boy, I videoed family making their final guesses, I got relatives trying the old wives' tale "ring test" to figure it out (and it was right) but best of all, I caught the moment mom and dad FINALLY found out what baby was and it was simply beautiful. Everyone in the room, myself, nurses, mom and dad were on the edge of their seats waiting for that moment and everyone cheered with pure joy when they discovered what baby was (head over to my facebook page Sydnie D. Makeup and Photography and click on "videos" to watch)
After this experience, I now know for sure this is what I want to do the next time around. It may seem hard, but those nine months actually flash before our eyes. Since I have my girl and know I will love my baby no matter what, whatever the next one is I will be over the moon about regardless. I think it will be one of the most exciting adventures and totally worth it.
What is your favorite gender reveal idea? How did you do gender reveals for your little one(s)? Could you wait until birth to find out? Comment below and let me know!
-Sydnie D. Photography