Wedding Gifts Do’s and Don’ts
By Natalie Tsang
November 1, 2018
For guests, one of the biggest causes of anxiety is the wedding gift. What does one buy? How much does one spend? Does you play it safe and get something off the registry? Or do you go off the registry in hopes of giving them the most awesome wedding gift in the history of wedding gifts? If you give just give them money, is that cold and distant? Here are some helpful hints to make the best decision possible.
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How well do you know the bride and groom?
If you’ve known the bride or the groom longer than his or her partner, then you’re usually in a good place to pick off registry. The best gifts in life are often sentimental. For someone who loves to cook, a book of recipes from your grandmother might be the perfect gift. Something heartfelt and handmade usually wins over something something generic.
But there are always horror stories of guests deciding to be “creative,” when they should have just bought the blender.
Practicality is rarely unappreciated
If you see something not on the registry, but is super practical than that’s often a great choice. However, you should make sure that the reason the couple didn’t list it down was because they already have it.
When in doubt, ask
Feel unsure, ask someone close to the bride and groom, whether that be the maid of honor, the mother of the bride, or the best man. It is often considered bad etiquette for the bride and groom to overly ask for money instead of gifts. The proper course is that they tell a few close individuals for tactfully spread the news.
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