The wedding invitation has arrived and there’s already a rough idea of what attire you will grace the event in. The usual netiquettes have been followed. You have quickly RSVP’d and have gotten a plus one to attend the function with. The only thing remaining is to wait for the big day to arrive.
If only things were that simple.The amount of thought that goes into shopping for a wedding gift can be headache inducing.
There are thousands of possible gift items, but whether or not they are suitable remains the main focus. You may be lucky enough to deal with a couple that has a gift registry t0 which their wedding guests can refer to. This significantly cuts down on the work load of having to find something useful and appropriate. And what’s more, it’s an almost foolproof way to get the couple something that they actually like.
While a lack of a registry, may mean more effort has to be put into the process, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. There are those gift items that are ever popular for weddings. All you need to do is look around your own home and especially in the kitchen, dining, bedroom and bathroom for inspiration. If you need it, they probably do too. Chances are they may get tons of similar gifts, so try to be more creative. Instead of a blender, why not opt for a juicer or food processor instead? Far much more versatile.
The big question though is how much you should spend. While there is no written rule governing the prices of gifts, a good yardstick remains the type of relationship you have with the couple. Nobody will expect you to spend as much on a co-worker as you would on your own sister. The closer you are, the pricier it gets. Also look to other factors such as the socioeconomic status of the couple. But don’t stretch your budget too far.
A good idea would be to pool resources with other friends or relatives and get the couple a much more extravagant item. A big ticket item like a television is definitely better than ten blenders.
Remember though that in case you are really stuck over what to get, you can always gift the couple some cold cash. Money can be quite a pain though since you will probably go through the same thought process or what is too much or too little.
Wedding etiquettes dictate that it may actually be better to send the gift after the wedding than bringing it to the wedding venue. However, don’t wait too long. And in case you will not make it to the wedding, it’s still a wonderful gesture to send off a gift, especially if you are close to the couple.