– Ask Cheryl – Mother of the Bride meets Mother of the Groom – Is a Gift Appropriate?

April 24, 2018

Some personalities love giving gifts to make others feel welcomed—but is this practice ever over-the-top? Hi Cheryl, I’m meeting the groom’s mom for the first time at the bridal salon where my daughter is selecting her wedding dress. I want to make the groom’s mom feel comfortable and welcomed. Do I give a gift or […]

– Ask Cheryl – How Much to Spend on a Gift for an Acquaintance?

April 10, 2018

When you’re invited to celebrate the wedding of someone who isn’t a family member or close friend, choosing an appropriate wedding gift can be tricky. Read on for my advice. Dear Cheryl, I’ve been invited to the second wedding of someone I would consider to be an acquaintance, but not a personal friend. The bride-to-be […]

A Guide to Thank-You Notes

February 15, 2018

One of the most popular complaints I hear from brides and mothers-to-be following their weddings or baby showers is the looming task of writing thank-you notes. And while I can see how sitting down to write hundreds of hand-written notes seems daunting, I’m here to tell you that expressing gratitude for a gift is really […]

– Ask Cheryl – Baby Gifts and the Workplace

February 12, 2018

When someone in the office is expecting, it’s sweet to celebrate with a small gift or celebration. But what if you haven’t been invited to a shower? Today, Cheryl weighs in on the best way to handle workplace gifts. Dear Cheryl, One of our coworkers is expecting, and invited one member of the staff to […]

– Ask Cheryl – The Best Way to Give a Cash Wedding Gift

January 23, 2018

While online shopping has made purchasing wedding gifts easier than ever, some guests (and couples) still prefer cash. What’s the best way to send the money? Read on! Dear Cheryl, Is it permissible to include money in the wedding card on the day of the ceremony? I’d like to contribute toward the honeymoon fund, but […]

– Ask Cheryl – How Much Should I Spend on a Second Bridal Shower Gift?

January 8, 2018

When your mailbox is filled with invitations for weddings and showers, gift-giving can seem overwhelming. Today, we’ve got good news for your budget if you’ve been invited to multiple showers for the same bride! Dear Cheryl, I was invited to two showers for the same bride. What amount should I spend on a second bridal […]

– Ask Cheryl – Is it Okay to Give a Wedding Gift on Behalf of Someone Else?

December 26, 2017

We all want to be as generous and kind as possible, but does that mean it’s appropriate to give a wedding gift on someone else’s behalf? Dear Cheryl, How much should / would you recommend I give for my daughter’s second wedding? I am not helping pay for it. Also, would it be appropriate for […]

– Ask Cheryl – Not Invited to Baby Shower, but Can I still Send a Gift?

November 29, 2017

While some dread gift-giving obligations, others enjoy expressing their love and support by giving a gift. But if they haven’t received an invitation, would their gifts be appreciated or misunderstood? Dear Cheryl, Is it considered rude to send a gift to a baby shower that I am not invited to? My future daughter-in-law’s sister-in-law is […]

Wedding Guest Etiquette – What you Should (and Shouldn’t) Do As a Wedding Guest

November 24, 2017

Whether you’re heading to your first wedding or you’re an old pro, it’s sometimes easy to forget the do’s and don’ts of being a good wedding guest. So, we’ve compiled this list of simple guidelines- some of these may seem obvious or ridiculous, but unfortunately, they do happen. Before we get started, let’s talk about […]

– Ask Cheryl – Appropriate Gifts for Wedding #2

November 15, 2017

This week’s question deals with gift-giving etiquette for second marriages—and in these situations, gift-givers have a few options! Dear Cheryl, My best friend’s son is getting married for the second time, but this is the bride’s first marriage. We are very close to these people, so what is appropriate for a gift? Thanks, -Rachel Hi […]

Ask Cheryl: Couple Requests Cash for their Honeymoon: To Give or Not to Give?

October 27, 2017

Today’s question comes from a reader who was asked to make a cash donation for a honeymoon in lieu of a wedding gift. She’s now not sure if she should attend the wedding or even send a gift.   Dear Cheryl,   My husband and I were planning to visit Italy this fall for a relative’s […]

– AskCheryl – How Late Can I Send a Baby Gift?

July 25, 2017

Today’s reader is embarrassed because she is late in sending a baby gift. We’ve all been there – maybe we forgot, procrastinated, or had a very good reason. Read on for my advice to her. How long after a baby’s birth can we send a newborn gift? We intended to do so and even bought […]

– Ask Cheryl – Should I Send a Gift If Not Invited to the Wedding?

May 29, 2017

Our question today is from a reader that was not invited to the wedding of someone close to her, so she feels she may need to give a wedding gift. Dear Cheryl, I was not invited to the wedding of my good friend’s daughter. Should I give a wedding gift? I did give a substantial shower gift. Gina […]

– Ask Cheryl – Put an End to Gift Shaming

December 13, 2016

The holidays are upon us, and there’s a lot of focus on gift giving. I wanted to take a moment to talk about gifts and what to do if you don’t receive the gift you want or expected, or if you don’t receive a gift at all. Today’s Ask Cheryl question is from a reader […]

– Ask Cheryl – Does Wedding Attendance Affect Wedding Gift Value?

November 29, 2016

Today’s question comes from a reader in New York. She wants to know if the amount she spends on a wedding gift should be affected by whether or not she attends the wedding. Dear Cheryl, Is there a difference in what you give as a wedding gift if you attend the wedding versus sending a gift […]

– Ask Cheryl – How Early Can I Send a Wedding Gift?

August 30, 2016

This email was received on June 23rd from an organized wedding guest that wants to know how early she can send her wedding gift so that she has the best selection from the registry. Dear Cheryl, I am attending a wedding on December 10th. How early can I send a wedding gift? I received a save […]

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