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Gift Giving Etiquette for Weddings

Updated: Jun 21

There are so many pre-wedding festivities where you can give gifts to the soon-to-be married couple. There's the engagement party, the bridal shower, the bachelor and bachelorette parties, the rehearsal dinner...oh...and the ACTUAL WEDDING!


These tips should help guide you in your wedding gift giving:

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1) Each person/couple invited to wedding festivities is only expected to give one gift to the bride and groom even if they attend more than one pre-wedding party.


2) If someone hosts a party, including the engagement party, bridal or wedding shower, or the rehearsal dinner, they are still expected to give the couple a wedding gift.


3) If the shower takes place close to the wedding date, gifts given at the shower take the place of a gift that would have been given on the wedding day.


4) Members of the wedding party are exempt from the obligations to give more than a token wedding gift (Inexpensive gift; bottle of champagne, personalized ornament, cookbook, nonperishable foods, etc.) due to high costs of participating in the wedding.

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5) People traveling at their own expense to attend the wedding should not be expected to give anything more than a simple token gift, as traveling with large gifts is quite difficult.


6) Wedding gifts can be sent to the couple’s address as soon as the invitation is received.


7) It is not necessary to send gifts for second or third marriages unless you are especially close to or fond of the couple.


There you have it! Seven simple tips to wedding gift giving.


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