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If you are going to a wedding then you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how much you should be spending, and when you should be delivering it. Weddings are major milestones and they deserve to be celebrated. On top of this, you probably want to shower the bride and groom with gifts so that you can help them to honour their big day. If you need some help choosing your gift, then here are the top wedding etiquette rules you need to follow.
Use the Wedding Registry
This rule is so important. When it comes to gifting, a lot of guests will take all of the help that they can get. This is why you should try and take advantage of the wedding registry. Browsing the internet for a wedding gift can be overwhelming at first, and this is especially the case if you are not sure what it is the couple wants. If you try to shop by not using the registry then you do run the risk of getting something that they already have. You also run the risk of buying something that you don’t have room for which is the last thing you need. If you know that the happy couple do not have a registry then one thing you can do is try and buy them something personalised, as a memento. Customised candle holders are a great way for you to mark the special occasion.
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Cash is Fine
If you just don’t know what to give one then you have to remember that cash is perfectly fine. It’s so important for couples to have a lot of financial stability when getting married so if you can help them to get this then it’ll be a great gift for them. They will appreciate your generosity as they jet off for their honeymoon, or as they save up for a house. If you aren’t sure how much to gift someone in terms of cash then as a general rule, you should just give what you can afford. If you can do this then you will soon find that it is easier for you to help them out.
Check the Event Page
The couple’s registry is the sole digital resource when it comes to inspiration, but you can also find clues on the wedding page. This is a key hub for all wedding things, whether it is the dress code, transportation logistics and more. Some couples also choose to share their love story on their event page, so if you have been invited to like it on social media then make sure that you do so. If you know that their first date was having Italian food at a fancy restaurant then one idea would be for you to buy them a pasta maker. If you can be creative then this will help you a lot in the long run, so make sure you keep that in mind.
Spend what you Can Afford
What does gift etiquette say in terms of overall cost? At the end of the day, there isn’t a magic number here. Studies have shown that economic downturns do impact the amount of money that people give as gifts. With that in mind, if you can spend what you can afford then nobody will ask any more of you. If you have to stretch to buy a particular gift, then it’s the wrong gift. If possible, you need to use your relationship as a guide. While you may want to spend more on a gift for someone, like your best friend, you may want to spend less if it is for a distant relative.
When it comes to wedding gifts, you need to know that group gifts are completely acceptable. Sometimes they are even encouraged. If you are attending a wedding for a work friend then you can easily chip in with other people who work at the same company. This will make things easier for everyone and it also means that the couple are more likely to get what they want, so make sure you keep this in mind. If you don’t know what to get then experience gifts are great. You can pay for them to both go skydiving or you can pay for them to go on a safari trip somewhere. If you can do this then you will soon find it easier to give them memories that last for a lifetime, and on top of this, it shows them that you truly care about them and the interests they have.