One of the most commonly misunderstood parts of a wedding reception is the wedding gifts because the etiquette for gift-giving is so very different for different groups.
Some couples would prefer monetary gifts, others have an itemised registry, and others still would prefer a gift that will forever remind them of their special day.
Every wedding is unique, but much like how every creative wedding photography shoot will often have some standard required shots, there are some general dos and don’ts when buying wedding presents.
Don’t Forget A Gift
Whether you can attend the wedding or not, try not to forget to get a gift if you have been invited. It is customary and just a nice action to do.
If you were invited at the last minute or could not get a gift for practical reasons, that is fine, but try to make sure you give them something as soon as you can.
On the other hand, if you are travelling a long distance for the wedding ceremony or are celebrating somewhere exotic, there is less of an expectation to buy a gift.
Do Stick To The Registry If You Can
If a couple have created a registry, they would like a good proportion of the gifts to come from there, as it often contains the items they feel they need to start their new life together on the right foot.
However, if the registry list has been picked through or you would rather give a more personal gift, that is fine as well, so long as you know the couple well enough to give them something they can enjoy together.
As well as this, a thoughtful card full of cash is always a good present if you are struggling for inspiration.
Don’t Buy A Joke Gift
There is an entire secondary market built around buying joke presents for weddings, from wedding rubber ducks to much ruder presents.
Unless you know with absolute certainty that the couple you are buying for would find it funny, most presents like these are just inappropriate and can add a sour note to a special day.