Wedding Gifts: The Knot Guide to Wedding Gifts

Some of the more confusing questions about weddings are usually centered around how to give and receive wedding gifts.

Wedding Gifts EtiquetteBrides are concerned as to whether or not they can register at more than one store or return gifts that you really do not like or how to communicate to your guest that you would like cash instead. 

While your guest are concerned about whether cash is appropriate or how much they should be spending on a wedding gift.

The Knot Guide to Wedding Gifts

 So I was very happy to come across his video with Sarah Newel, Lifestyle Editor at that provides all parties – bride, groom and guest with an easy guide to wedding gifts.  Be sure and watch the video below

Bride’s wedding Gift Etiquette

  • Firstly, go ahead and register, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a wedding gifts registry at more than one store. Registering for gifts is the only way your family and friends will know exactly what you need and it will make the gift process simpler and easier for everyone.
  • You also want to be sure and register early.  Sarah suggest at least 7-9 months before the wedding. As this will enable both your shower and wedding guests to have early access to your registry, giving ample time to budget for their purchase. Registering also helps you to make adjustments to your gift list as the need arises.
  • You want to create a large enough registry that would allow your guest to have choices and be sure to update your list regularly as things are purchased so that your guest will also have a variety of choices.
  • Your registry should have at least twice as many items as guests on your wedding list.
  • Post your registry information on your website and update your family and friends so that they spread the information for you.
  • Let your close wedding attendants like Best man and Matron of Honour know if you would like to have cash instead of gifts
  • Your “Thank You” notes should be written within two weeks if you receive a gift before the wedding and within four week after the wedding for all other gifts


An Easy Guide on How to Give and Receive Wedding Gifts

Guest Wedding Gift Etiquette

  • While as a wedding guest you are not obligated to buy a wedding gift, wedding gifts have become “obligatory.” So go ahead and get your couple a wedding gift.
  • You also want to be sure and use the couple’s registry as this is a clear indication of what they need and want. And you are sure that your gift will be something they want.
  • Spend what you can afford and the best way to do this is to use the couple’s registry and buy your gift as soon as you get the invitation. The earlier you buy the better it is for you.
  • Be sure and send the gift before the wedding to the bride’s home.
  • Giving cash is acceptable. Research has shown that nearly 50 percent of couple would prefer cash but do not know how to ask.

Destination Wedding Gift Etiquette

So how are the rule different for a destination wedding? Well its simple,  you should give a wedding gift whether you attend or not.

The only exception is if the invitation is from a non relative whom you rarely see, then you can choose to sent a gift or just your well wishes.

Other than this  instance everything else is the same. And should you need help planning your wedding in the Bahamas here are 6 Bahamas Wedding Packages to help

Now that you have the rules for how to give and receive wedding gifts be sure and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.



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