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Wediquette Wednesday: Do you have to bring a gift to the wedding if you brought one to the shower?

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. This week, we’re answering a question that came to us via Facebook from reader Erin Marie.


Question: When [the couple has a lot of] wedding showers, what’s the [gift] etiquette? I usually do a shower present then wedding present, but my limit is two per wedding.


Answer: It’s customary to bring a gift to only the first shower you attend and then also a wedding gift. When invited to multiple showers in addition to the wedding, first decide upon a total budget. Determine your overall spending according to what you can realistically afford and your relationship to the couple. If it’s in your budget to bring a small token gift to each shower, then a larger gift to the wedding, go for it. If not, split the total budget into an amount for a smaller gift for the first shower you attend and a separate wedding gift.


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

For more advice by New Orleans Bride Magazine etiquette columnist Dee Lane, check out her most recent column in the new Winter/Spring 2015 issue or her column from the Summer 2014 issue.




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