How much should the average person spend on a wedding gift, bridal shower gift or baby gift?

October 30, 2017

The amount you spend is dependent upon your budget and your relationship with the wedding couple or parents-to-be. Here are some averages or general guidelines. Wedding gifts: Young person with limited budget – $50 Not a close friend or a distant relative – $50 – $100 Close friend or relative $100 – $200, more in […]

If you can’t attend a wedding, do you still send a gift? Do the same rules apply for a bridal shower?

October 30, 2017

If you receive a wedding invitation, you should send a gift, whether or not you can attend. However, the same rule does not apply to a bridal shower. If you cannot attend a shower, it is not necessary to send a gift. Sometimes, a very close friend of the bride that cannot attend will send […]

If it’s a destination wedding, do you still need to buy a gift – despite already paying for travel and accommodations?

October 30, 2017

Yes, the rules are the same for a destination wedding. If you receive a wedding invitation, you should to send a gift, whether it’s a destination or local wedding.

Are you required to bring a gift to an engagement party?

October 30, 2017

No, not usually. Engagement gifts are not obligatory or expected in most parts of the country. An engagement party is usually given by the parents of the couple and is not usually a gift-giving occasion. However, in some regions and cultures most guests that are invited to an engagement party do bring gifts. If you […]

Is it acceptable to register for gifts if it’s your second or third wedding?

October 30, 2017

Yes, it is fine to register for a second or third wedding if you are comfortable doing this, although some couples are not. After all, your guests will want to buy you gifts. Make it easier for them by registering for things you want or need.

What are the rules for late wedding gifts? How long do you have after the wedding to send a gift?

October 30, 2017

Ideally, a wedding gift should be sent before the wedding. If not, it should be sent as soon as possible after the wedding, preferably within three months.

Can guests be invited to the bridal shower and not the wedding?

October 30, 2017

No, the bridal shower should be a gathering of those closest to the bride, because by nature it is a gift-giving event. If someone is close enough to be invited to the shower, they should be invited to the wedding. There is one exception to this rule. If your co-workers decide to give you a […]

Is it okay to give a gift card?

October 30, 2017

Yes, a gift card is the same as giving cash. Just make sure it is a store or activity you know they prefer, such as one where they have created a gift registry.

Is it necessary to send a thank you note if you say, “thank you” in person?

October 30, 2017

It depends on the circumstance. A handwritten thank you is always appropriate even if you have said thank-you in person, but not always required. It is always required for wedding gifts and shower gifts, but not for birthday or holiday gifts. It is also necessary to send a thank you note for all occasions if […]

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