Post # 1
I’ve been invited to bridal shower and a bridal tea for the same bride. The two events are being hosted by different people and are about 3 weeks apart, with the wedding the following month. Does anyone know what the etiquette is for gifts? 3 gifts over the span of 7 weeks seems like a little much, but maybe that’s just me. Any advice would greatly be appriciated!
Post # 3
I’m from the south and we often have bridal teas as well as showers, I’ve never brought a gift (other than maybe a card) to a tea, it’s just a nice event for the bride and her friends! The shower of course would require a gift.
Post # 4
I’m also in the South, and the difference between a shower and a tea has always been this (in my experience): a shower is an event where the guests come and stay for the duration. There is food, and occasionally shower games, etc. A tea is an event where guests can come and go at their leisure. There are light snacks, punch, etc. You bring a gift to a tea– it is still a gift-giving occasion for the couple. Usually, the gifts are opened and displayed rather than opening them in front of everyone at a shower. Of course, for more than one event for the same couple you are only “obligated” to gift once.
Re: gifts– if registry information is included in the invitation, it’s a gift-giving event. If that is not enclosed, I suppose it’s just a get-together, but I have never attended one like that.