"Celebrate the Newlyweds" Picnic Gift

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Melini:  I don’t think gifts are “required” outside of the actual wedding and shower. Even then, I tell my guests their presence is my present! So definitely not necessary, but I am sure anything you gift them they will really appreciate!

Post # 3
4760 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t understand people that do this.  Seems like a gift grab, just bring a bottle of wine.

Post # 4
498 posts
Helper bee

Ew. So, so gift-grabby.

I would give them a stack of Monopoly money with a note that said ‘Since I wasnt invited to your real reception I thought it was only appropriate to not give you a real gift.Congratulations!!’

Post # 5
6220 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

For a picnic where you’re invited by evite, a bottle of wine is the right level of gift, and a nice card.

Post # 6
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June, 2014

I agree with a bottle of wine and a card but I really hate the catty judginess of some of the responses. Maybe this couple celebrated with their closest family and friends for their wedding and reception to keep the cost down? And maybe now they want to share their celebration with the less close family and friends. I see nothing wrong with this at all. And I don’t see it as “gift grabby” because it’s not like they included their registry info in the evite/Facebook invite.

Even just a nice card with some handwritten well wishes would be a lovely gift, OP. 

Post # 7
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

I eloped. I plan on having a big “reception” party with alllll my friends and family in the future. There will be no registry information because I won’t be registered. I can’t speak to your friends specifically, but not every party is an inherent gift grab. Show up, be gracious, bring a bottle of wine or a card, and enjoy yourself.

Post # 8
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t think it’s necessary to give a gift, but a bottle of wine of gc to a restaurant is a nice token gift.

Post # 9
2944 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I don’t think this is gift grabby at all.  They couldn’t afford a large reception but want to celebrate still at a lower cost.  I would bring a $50 gift card to Bed bath and beyond. If you go,  you have to bring something.  If you don’t want to go the gift card/cash route then I think a bottle of champagne to celebrate their marriage! 

Post # 10
43300 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Every couple has to draw the line somewhere on their guestlist. I am perfectly comfortable with not being invited to attend their ceremony/reception, but joining them for a casual celebration at a later date.

I decide on the gift amount based on my relationship with the couple and the amount I can afford-period. I use the same factors when deciding on birthday gifts. I also would have sent them a gift anyhow in this case, so to me it is not at all gift-grabby.

Post # 11
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My view? Stop viewing this as a commercial transaction. They’re your friends, they got married. Do you want to celebrate this happy occasion with them? Yes? Go to party.

Do you want to send them on their way into this new life they are embarking on together? Yes? Give them a gift. Whatever gift you like.

Post # 12
1888 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Melini:  doesn’t sound like they want gifts, just bring a bottle of vino and a nice card.

Post # 13
4760 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

ren89:  IMO, you can choose to celebrate your wedding with anyone you want, but you can’t really have it both ways.  If you choose to have a fancy real reception with a few people you shouldn’t then have a fake low key reception with more people.  I can only see 2 reasons why people do this:

A they want to celebrate with more people. IMO, in this case they should have forgone fancy reception for the low key one they can obviously afford since they are throwing it anyway.  This way there isn’t this confusion and hurt feeling over being essncially invite to a fake reception.

B. For gifts.

Post # 14
4760 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

rachel85:  This is a different situation.  1 ceremony or elopment and 1 reception even a year after is fine. I think it’s ok as long as you did not have a reception before.   Once you’ve already celebrated I think it is in poor tast to keep celebrating with others.

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