Many couples are choosing to hold smaller weddings and inform family and friends afterward via a printed wedding announcement. But when couples include registry information, should those receiving the announcements feel obligated to send a gift? Cheryl weighs in below.
My niece’s son had a small outdoor wedding on the coast and I did not know about it until afterward. I did not receive an invitation. After the wedding I received a formal wedding announcement in the form of a card with the couple’s wedding picture and gift registry information. Am I now expected to give a gift? Should I feel obligated to do so? I would like to just send a card with heartfelt congratulations but don’t feel I should have to give a gift. What do you think?
Thank you for writing!
Oh my, that was awkward — for the couple, I mean. Etiquette is pretty straightforward here. It’s a great idea for couples to send out wedding announcements to friends and family to notify them of their nuptials, but a wedding gift should not be expected or mentioned (in the form of registry information). Seems like a not-so-subtle hint if you ask me.
Unlike a wedding invitation, an announcement does not carry the obligation of a gift. To answer your question simply: You are not expected, nor should you feel obligated to give a wedding gift. A card with your congratulations is totally appropriate. If someone else was so moved to send a gift, that would be fine also.
Best of luck!
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