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Jul 18, 201808:00 AM
Let Them Eat Cake

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

Wediquette Wednesday: What shower or wedding gifts can you give if the couple isn’t registered?

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: I’m attending a bridal shower next month and then the wedding is early next year. My understanding is that the couple isn’t doing a registry. What shower or wedding gift can you give if the couple isn’t registered?

Answer: First, be sure to confirm with the couple, a family member or close friend of the couple whether or not they are registered. Traditionally, this information is relayed by word of mouth and not printed on any of the party invitations, save the dates or the wedding invitations. Second, if it is confirmed that there isn’t a registry, find out if they are hoping to get cash gifts, or some sort of honeymoon fund or requesting that guests make donations to a favorite charity. Finally, if none of those are the case, opt for cash, gift cards or a traditional gift within your budget, such as white linen napkins (you can never have too many and they go with everything) or some other kitchen linens, crystal (consider a vase or decanter), a silver picture frame or luxurious, high thread count sheets. Whether giving cash, gift cards or personalized, traditional or utilitarian offerings, the point of shower and wedding presents is to show the couple that you are happy to share in their special day with them and celebrate their love.

 

 

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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