Not sure how to advise guests on wedding gifts? Scared that you might offend a friend or a relative? There is a certain etiquette to follow when it comes to weddings and your gift list is no exception. Asking your guests to present you with gifts used to be a taboo but today anything goes. Well, almost anything. Here is everything you ever wanted to know about creating a gift list that suits you and asking for the gifts you want in a polite manner.
How to Avoid a Gift List Faux Pas
These days, there is a lot more choice when it comes to setting up a wedding gift list. In the past, it was usual for guests to have free reign when choosing a gift but now couples have more control and variety than ever. However, what gifts are acceptable to include? Can you ask for money? The answer is that any gift goes. From flat screen televisions to monetary contributions, there are gift lists out there that allow you to have the best of both worlds. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t certain rules to follow.
While you may have your eye on expensive household items or you might simply want your guests to contribute to the honeymoon of your dreams, providing different price options means that you won’t look presumptuous. Make sure that you include gifting options for all budgets and this way, everyone is happy.
How to Let Your Guests Know About Your Gift List
So, you’ve created the wedding gift list of your dreams, how do you go about getting this information to each of your guests? A simple and unobtrusive way to let your guests know about your gift list is to include the details on a separate card in your wedding invitations. Most gift list providers will send you little cards with the details of your gift list printed on them.
Can We Ask for Cash?
Asking for money is often seen as controversial but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, modern gift lists make asking for monetary donations rather than household appliances easy. They not only make it simple for guests to choose an amount that suits them but it also associates the amount with an experience so that each guest knows how their money will be spent. So, for example, you can make it simple for guests to put money towards anything from an over water villa in the Maldives to a romantic meal on the beach.
Make it Personal
A list of preferred gifts can come across as impersonal and many couples feel that by creating one guests will feel obliged to spend money on a present. One way to avoid this is to create a gift list that is welcoming and personal. Create a profile that reflects your personality and leave a note to guests that if they wish to buy a gift from the list that it is much appreciated but that it is their presence you value the most.
Modern wedding gift lists are the perfect way to make sure you receive gifts that you will treasure for a lifetime and today, online gift lists that are unique to the couple in question are becoming more and more popular. Use our etiquette guide to get it right.