Have you been invited to a wedding and you’re just not sure what to bring as a gift? It’s fair to say that we’ve all probably been there. Now that we’re headed into the peak of the wedding season, we have compiled some great gift ideas and tips to make your wedding guest experience fun, easy, and meaningful!
Buy From The Wedding Registry
Whenever possible, it’s best to shop from the wedding registry. The couple has put a lot of thought and time in curating their registry list. Items on the registry are all things they need and/or want, and they’d be grateful to receive! Plus, when you buy from the registry, your gift can usually be shipped directly to the couple. It’s really an all-around win-win for everyone!
If you’re attending a multicultural wedding, take time to learn about the culture(s) represented, and how their weddings are typically celebrated. This way, you can better enjoy and appreciate your experience, as well as learn about appropriate gift ideas. For example, money is the traditional wedding gift for Japanese weddings and must be placed in a special Goshugi envelope.
If you’re attending a destination wedding, plane tickets and accommodations costs can add up quickly. Couples usually understand this, and they won’t expect a big gift from you, knowing how much travel can cost. That being said, giving the couple a simple, commemorative gift is a great idea. Just a little something special for their home that they can enjoy (and remember you by). For example, a signature throw or decorative pillow from Jennifer Adams is always a great choice!
Group gifts are a wonderful way to go in together and get the couple a big-purchase item. Sharing the cost of an expensive item is not only great for the group, but it can also really benefit the newlyweds. It gives them the opportunity to receive something they really love and want, but perhaps may not be able to afford on their own.
Best practices: shop, buy and ship your gift before the wedding. That way you’re done and don’t need to think about it anymore. But if you need to wait, try to send a gift no later than two to three months after the wedding.
Can’t Make It?
Sometimes it’s just not possible for you to come to the wedding in person. Etiquette says to send a gift anyway. At minimum, sending a little thoughtful something lets the couple know how much you care for them, even if you are unable to attend the ceremony.
Last but not least … give from the heart! Weddings are a celebration of love and union, a celebration shared by family, friends, and those closest to the couple’s heart. So, the best gift you can give is to simply find a way to let the couple know how happy you are for them!
What are some other wedding gift-giving ideas and tips that have worked for you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!