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Friday, July 18th, 2014 | etiquette, Q&A

Thanks to our friends at Emily Post for this great reminder:

Wedding Gifts
A primer on who gives what at wedding related events

Special occasions call for gifts, and weddings are no exception to this rule. From Do I really need to send a wedding gift? to What if I already brought a gift to a shower?, here are some guidelines for wedding gifting.

Engagement Gifts

Close friends and family usually do give the couple an engagement gift, and in many parts of the country it is customary to bring a gift to an engagement party. An engagement gift is more of a gesture of affection and needn’t be expensive or elaborate. Something simple, such as a picture frame, cookbook, white-clad furniture, or a nice bottle of wine to start a collection, is the way to go.

Wedding Gifts

As per tradition, it is expected that wedding guests give gifts to the bride and groom. When choosing a gift keep your relationship and affection for the bride and groom as well as your budget in mind. Whether you attend or not, send a gift in appreciation of this most special invitation and to honor the marrying couple.

Bridal Party Gifts

It’s traditional for the bride and groom to give gifts to the members of their bridal parties. Whether this means earrings for the bridesmaids, cufflinks for the groomsmen, or monogrammed tumblers for all, don’t over think it. Keep it simple but significant to show the bridal party your appreciation and allow them to remember the occasion in the future.

Shower Gifts

For guests, the key to selecting shower gifts is finding something the couple can use while staying within your budget. If attending more than one shower, it’s okay to bring a gift to the first one and then bring a card or smaller token gift to the others. Regardless of your gift choice for a shower, don’t forget to plan for a wedding gift, too.

Gifts for Guests

Wedding favors are entirely optional but have become a popular way for the bride and groom to show their appreciation and thank their guests for being with them on their special day. These are usually smaller commemorative items-mini boxed chocolates, little jars or sachets of candy, match boxes printed with the date, personalized packets of wildflower seeds-presented to guests atop a place setting or arranged on a table for taking home.

All in all, it is important to keep in mind that it is not the price tag that matters, but rather the thought that really counts.

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