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Jul 11, 201810:52 AM
Let Them Eat Cake

The official blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine, offering a daily dose of all things weddings

Wediquette Wednesday: Are you obligated to give a gift when you attend a destination wedding?

Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.) 

 

Question: My cousin is having a destination wedding in Aruba. I’ve budgeted for the trip, accommodations and everything else I need to do to get there and participate as a guest, but am wondering about the gift. Are you obligated to give a gift when you attend a destination wedding?

Answer: Generally, couples understand that when guests join them for a destination wedding and incur sometimes considerable expense in order to be there for the celebration, gifts are frequently scaled back or altogether relinquished. You are not obligated to bring a gift. If you do decide to give one however, it can be a little less than you might budget for if the wedding was in your hometown. Be sure however to either give the gift in advance or mail it to the couple, so they don’t have to find a way to transport it home after the wedding.

 

 

Do you have a solution to share or a wedding etiquette question? Respond in the comments or email Melanie@MyNewOrleans.com.

 

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“Let Them Eat Cake,” is the official wedding blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine. The LTEC blog is the joint labor of love for Kelly Massicot and Melanie Warner Spencer. Massicot is web and social media editor for Renaissance Publishing, a contributing writer for New Orleans Bride Magazine, wedding junkie and fond lover of cake, especially petit fours from Chateau Coffee Cafe. Spencer is the editor of New Orleans Bride Magazine, writer of the “Bon Vivant” blog and a Francophile obsessed with Marie Antoinette and those tiny cakes from Chateau Coffee Café. You can reach Kelly at Kelly@myneworleans.com and Melanie at Melanie@myneworleans.com.

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