Wedding Gifts Etiquette
~Send Them Your Love~
Wedding Gifts Etiquette is a great
way to help you share some of your best wishes with the happy couple as
they start their new life together. There are many questions as to how
much, what and when for the wedding gifts. Here you will
find some answers to these questions.
So how much do you spend
on a wedding gift?
There is really no cut and dry answer
for this question. Some wedding gifts etiquette experts will tell you
that you need to spend at least $75 on a gift. Our advice... spend what
fits your budget. There are so many options available now to smart
shoppers. It is very possible to find a gift that is perfect for the
couple that is just what they need.
What do you get the happy
This is where the fun begins for you. Wedding
gifts can be anything from fine china to dish towels to gift
certificates. Good wedding guest etiquette allows you to use the
knowledge you have of the couple and select something that they want or
need. If your friends are the outdoors type, camping equipment is a
great gift for them. If they are into entertaining friends and family a
fun set of dishes is a great way to go. Have fun with it and be
What if you have no idea
what to give them?
Fortunately for you, most couples
register at 1 or 2 stores before their wedding. The registry
information can be included on a website or in their invitation. If you
still do not know, it is okay to call the bride, groom or parents to
get this information. The wedding registry can be a great way to go. We
were recently invited to attend a wedding that was out of state. Rather
than purchase a gift and carry it with us, we were able to use an
online registry to purchase and ship a gift to the couple. It
worked out very nice in that situation.
Is there wedding
etiquette for monetary gifts?
Yes and no. I have not met
a bride and groom that is offended when they are given money as a gift.
The best way to present it to them is in a card that is small enough
for the groom or one of the parents to keep in their jacket. It is not
good wedding etiquette for the bride and groom to ask for money. That
is simply rude. You don't want your guests to feel like they have to
pay a cover charge to attend the wedding.
When is the appropriate
time to give them their gift?
As I attended weddings
growing up, I was always enamoured by the huge table that held all of
the wedding gifts. Now that I am a little wiser to the ways in the
world, I have learned that proper wedding gifts etiquette is to send or
deliver your gift to the home of the bride, groom or parents prior to
the wedding. It should be sent to the return addresss on the
invitation. When we got married we had the table of gifts.... It was
not fun for our family to move them after the reception.
What if I am not going to
be able to attend the wedding?
It is good wedding
gift etiquette to send something that shows the couple that you care
about them and do regret that you will not be able to attend. There are
those that say if you are not going you are not responsible for sending
a gift. Truly the knowledge that you cared enough to send a
little something will tell the couple volumes about how much you care
As with any gift, it is the thought that counts. Using wedding gifts
etiquette will show them that you put a lot of thought into their gift
and that you are excited to help them start their new life together.