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Gifting etiquette: the wedding edition

  • Published at 06:29 pm December 18th, 2018
AT, Dec 18, wedding issue, pg 96
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Invite in hand, outfits already planned—the only thing left on your to-do list is a gift for the bride and groom.

Wedding gifts are a wonderful way to show some love and congratulate the happy couple on tying the knot. However, gifting etiquette can be confusing, especially since the rules aren’t laid out in ink. But we’re here to help! Here’s what you should know. 

The budget

On your quest to find an appropriate gift, naturally, the first question that comes to mind is, “How much should I spend?” Etiquette recommends you consider your relationship with the bride and/or groom. The expectations from the groom’s best friend are a lot higher than from the bride’s colleague—that being said, you aren’t expected to break the bank. If you’re strapped for cash, opt for a sentimental gift. 

A gift for every occasion? 

We’re famous for our extravagant festivities, and when it comes to weddings the functions never end. Are you required to bring a gift to every single one? The simple answer is no. However, many people choose to go down that route as a reflection of their tastes. If that’s what you would prefer, then divide your budget to accommodate two or three smaller gifts. 

Money manners

For anyone wondering whether cash is a rude gift, it’s not. It’s always a solid go-to, and it’s always appreciated. However, the way you present this gift makes all the difference. When money is your gift, they don’t have to wonder how much it cost so there’s no room for skimping. 

Write the happy couple a cheque and enclose it in a cute little envelope to set yours apart. For a touch of intimacy, write a sweet but brief note to go with your gift. Instead of leaving it at the gift tables where it can get lost, mail your gift to their home or hand it over to a parent or trusted guardian. 

Gifts on a budget

DIY themed gift baskets 

A unique gift that clearly shows you’ve put some thought into it, themed baskets are quirky and cute. Some ideas include ‘date night for two’ with spaghetti, pasta sauce, a customized recipe card and scented candles or ‘movie night’ with varieties of popcorn, Netflix gift cards, printed movie tickets and fancy chocolates and chips. The possibilities are endless! 

An alliance of sorts

Band together with a group of friends, co-workers or cousins and pitch in for a grand gift. Possible options include a coffee machine for the caffeine-addicted duo or a Polaroid camera for the photo-obsessed couple. This way, the cost per person isn’t astronomical but the gift is still impressive.