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Ideas for wedding gifts are readily available online and in newspapers and magazines. The staff of department stores can often give expert advice based on years of experience and awareness of current trends, especially if they have a bridal registry. Mail order companies are another ready source. Research by gift products companies reveals that there are about a dozen most popular items for wedding gifts. If some don’t seem substantial enough, consider giving a set of related items or a gift of the month club subscription for that product. If the couple are regular, down home folks, be generous but not too glitzy/ritzy. Tweak your choice a bit for the individuals concerned. If the couple have a registry, don’t stray from the list of gifts they have selected unless you have to or you know the couple very well. If your gift is a reservation at a hotel or restaurant, check with the bride's mother or the maid of honor to ensure reservations have not already been made, and give your gift early so that they'll be able to include it in their plans. Give a gift on which the couple will be able to look fondly and say "Our friend Jane gave us that for our wedding." While it may seem impersonal or dull, money is often the most welcome wedding gift of all. If you can’t afford to buy a more expensive wedding gift from the registry on your own, invite other guests to club together with you. It is now perfectly acceptable to enrol with a wedding registry. But you shouldn’t put your registry details on your invitation. Leave it to your maid of honor or close family members such as the mother of the bride to disclose the details to guests who ask, as they mostly will. You may also set up a wedding website that has registry information on it. Wedding registries are indeed a great way for brides to let their guests know what they need to set up their new home--and a great way for guests to get practical gift ideas. Having the gift shipped directly to the couple saves them the hassle of having to transport the gift back home after the wedding. It's also easier for the gift giver--no wrapping or transporting a bulky gift. Set a budget for your wedding gift. Explore appropriate wedding gifts at the bride or groom's favorite household goods store. Combine a gift certificate with a smaller gift. Choose something they will enjoy together. Review past birthday wish lists or purchases the couple have made recently to get ideas. When you've run out of options, simply approach a close relative or wedding member for ideas. Some couples prefer guests to make a donation to a favorite charity in lieu of a wedding gift. Make sure to include a gift receipt with any gift you give. The fundamental factor for a successful choice of wedding present is how well you know the couple. If you are a close family member or friend, you will want to give something of permanent practical, decorative, symbolic or material value. If you are a distant relative, neighbour, community member or business or professional associate, you will want to choose a gift that will be appreciated but not ostentatious or obtrusive. But often conventional sources are not the answer because of who the couple are, whether it’s a first marriage, or they are older, and so on. Or their tastes and lifestyle may require you to be creative in your choice of gift. If you're searching for a unique gift for newlyweds, green
Every guest wants to know how much to spend on a wedding gift. Some couples. There are many useful. decide whether you want to give a gift at all. A couple who do decide to ask for cash straight . however. You should usually spend between $75 and $175. Always tag your gift and include the receipt and warranty documents. depending on your relationship to the couple. what you want to express through giving. they should give a present to the newlyweds as a sign of their approval and support. especially during times of recession. When the bride's parents are already spending a lot on the wedding. But the new rule is to spend what you think is appropriate. First. but you are free to do so if you wish. the Emily Post Institute says that staying within your budget is expected. traditional etiquette says it isn’t necessary to give a wedding present. For parents who want to give something more substantial. If the bride's parents are paying for all or part of the wedding. and what you want your relationship with the couple to be after the wedding and in the years to come. In the 21st century there are no hard-and-fast rules about what. a token gift is acceptable.wedding gift ideas should help you on your way. Etiquette experts like Peggy Post and Miss Manners are clear that you need not feel obliged to present a gift for a second wedding. It's not rude for a couple to register for a few gifts. or even whether to give for a second wedding. Again. You should also consider the values and beliefs of the couple. There are a number of acceptable inexpensive gifts you can give for a second marriage. mail it to the bride’s or the couple's residence a few weeks before the wedding. If you’re broke. feel it is more ‘adult’ and 21st-century. The reason is to avoid embarrassment to the guests. In terms of spending. The old rule was to estimate how much the couple spent on hosting you – the price of your plate. how. although many parents do. $50 is a good place to start. attractive items that the couple will always need and will thus always appreciate. cash is a good way to send the newlyweds off. The right gift for your future daughter-in-law should be something that will welcome her to the family and let her know how happy you are to have her. a quiet word with the maid of honor or a family member would save any embarrassment. If you do decide to give a gift. or don't have the means to spend much. Weigh up what the couple are expecting. A couple should not mention they'd like cash for their wedding. Alternatively. approach the choice by considering what gift would focus on the couple’s new life together. Many newlyweds will appreciate the extra that a cash gift brings. rather than asking the couple. Guests should consult the maid of honor or a family member about the registry. to be frank about their preference for a money gift. Don’t overlook gifts for the household for a second marriage. If the bride's parents aren’t paying for the wedding or contributing financially to it.
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