Guests may think that all that is involved in gift giving is picking an item off a registry, but there is a lot more involved in the gift process that goes on behind the scenes. There is social etiquette to follow, personal finance to consider, and more.
Here is a look at how to simplify the gift-giving experience, both for the giver and the receiver.
Gift RegistriesSetting up a registry (or two or three) is a good way to ensure you receive the gifts you actually want. Typical registry items include dishes and appliances -- items that will help the couple establish their household. Most stores -- from large chain stores to small boutiques -- offer registries. However, a registry isn't the only option.
Sites like GoGift.com allow people to donate money toward the couple's honeymoon or down payment on a house. This is a unique opportunity to give the couple a gift that contributes to their future together.
For couples who have been previously married or who have been living together a long time (or for couples who are just not fond of registries), a new trend is to ask your guests to donate to the charities of your choice in lieu of gifts.
Things to RememberIt is considered rude to include your registry invitation on your invitation. Instead, spread news by word of mouth or include it on your wedding website (which is acceptable to mention on your invitation).
It is never acceptable to ask for cash.
If the wedding is canceled, gifts should be returned.
Gifts are generally expected from everyone who is invited to a wedding, even if they don't attend.
Don't forget to promptly send thank-you notes. You can purchase thank you stationary throughout Texas (and these are also good places to look for invitations). A place to look for thank you notes are Papercraze in Houston.