Wedding Party Gift Guide

It’s Wedding Season! And you’re invited! It’s a joyous occasion that your closest friends and family want to share with you. If you’ve been invited to a wedding this summer be sure to know the proper etiquette when it comes to giving gifts to the happy couple. Depending on the couple and your relation to them you could be invited to additional events aside from the wedding itself, such as a bridal shower and/or an engagement party honoring the soon-to-be newlyweds.

Wedding gift basics

Even with parties and events before the big day, the wedding is the main event and bringing a gift is a must according to proper social etiquette. When it comes to picking a gift, the Bride and Groom make it easy by having a wedding registry or even multiple ones for their guests. With online wedding registries it’s never been more convenient for both the guest and the bride and groom, but of course unique and one of a kind gifts will always be appreciated. Even if you are not able to attend the wedding, remember to send a gift. Here are the facts on Wedding Etiquette:

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What to give:

Traditional wedding gifts are centered on the home as the bride and groom start their lives together. This includes kitchen items, flatware, cutlery, glassware, appliances and decorative objects. Most couples register at various stores and department stores.

By picking something off their registry you know they won’t be given multiple gifts of the same thing. It is usually listed on the wedding invitation, however if it is not, there are multiple websites that will search for wedding registries. If the couple does not have a registry, use this Wedding Gifts guide for unique gifts that the newlyweds will be sure to treasure.

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Giving money instead of a gift:

Aside from the traditional registry, it has become more common for couples to request that charitable donations be made to a charity of their choice. Perhaps you are familiar with where they are going with on their honeymoon? Why not treat them to a gift certificate to your favorite restaurant there or a cute boutique? In addition, money is always a gift that will be appreciated. You can always include a personalized note; perhaps you want them to spend it on a romantic dinner on their honeymoon?

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When to give:

Do you have the perfect white gold diamond stud earrings for the bride-to-be? When it comes to giving a wedding gift the traditional rule allows the wedding guest a year to give the newlyweds a gift. However, it is best to keep it to a maximum of three months. Unless it is common practice, try to avoid bringing a gift to the reception. Lots of things are going on and it’s only one more thing for someone to keep track of and transport after the reception. Sending wedding gifts directly to the Newelyweds is the best route to go. It is convenient for both the guest and the new couple.

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How much to spend:

Depending on your own budget and relationship to the couple, decide how much you’re willing to spend. Many suggest that at least $50 should be spent on the wedding gift. However, according to Etiquette Queen Emily Post, there is no rule governing how much should be spent.