Round-Up: All Things Gift Related

Photo from The Wedding Lens

Photo from The Wedding Lens

Because I’ve written so much about gifts and gift-related things, I thought it might be nice to put it all in one nice little blog post for easy access! AND if you, dear readers, have questions I didn’t cover, ask me! editor@theweddinglens.com and I’ll cover it ASAP!

How to Ask for Gift Cards or Money (instead of gifts!)

Tips on the Gift Registry

What To Do About Wedding Gifts (for both the couple & the guests)

Green Wedding Gift Ideas

Gift-Giving Etiquette

Etiquette on Giving Bridal Shower, Wedding Shower, AND Wedding Gifts

Gifts for the Best Man

Maid of Honor Gift Ideas

Out of Town Gift Bags

How To Deal with Anonymous or Unlabeled Gifts

Writing to Say Thanks!

Did I miss anything? Wanna give the gift of an online wedding photo album?

~ Natasha

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Bridal Shower Gifts, Wedding Shower Gifts, Wedding Gifts… Oh my!

We recently received a question from a reader, asking if she needs to give BOTH a wedding shower gift and a wedding gift. While I completely understand why that can be confusing, the general etiquette is: yes. You’re supposed to give gifts for everything. Gets expensive, right?!

photo from The Wedding Lens

photo from The Wedding Lens

That said, if you are engaged and you have NOT planned to have a bridal shower or wedding shower or both, then etiquette dictates that you do not have to! In fact, as you may have gathered from my blog on alternatives to bridal showers, I think it’s only appropriate to have any of these showers if you are doing so to celebrate… and I think it’s important to emphasize to your guests that they are not obliged to give gifts. (Having been in the “broke” + “invited” category a number of times, I have a lot of sympathy for people who just don’t have the money to give gifts, but want to be there to celebrate with everyone!) But maybe that’s just me!

What do I give? For all three occasions — bridal shower, wedding shower, wedding — the gifts should be intended to help the couple start their lives together. The only big difference is that it is NOT appropriate to give cash for a bridal shower or wedding shower gift.

What about a theme? Bridal showers and wedding showers sometimes have themes to them. If they do, then the invitation will indicate this and should let you know if the gift should be along the theme’s lines.

Invitees? If you are the one planning the showers, then note that it is inappropriate and will offend guests if you invite them to the shower and not the wedding.

If you’re looking for other gift giving advice (like timing of when to send, how much to send, and what to do if you can’t attend), check out our blog on gift giving advice or what to do about wedding gifts. We also have blogs on best man gifts, gift ideas for the maid of honor, how to ask for gift cards or cash, or tips on the gift registry.

And don’t forget to share photos of your gifts with a free wedding album!

~ Natasha