Post # 1
I’m headed out of state for a friend’s wedding. The wedding is in her hometown (about 4 hours from her current residence). I’m debating if I should send a gift via her registry online OR if I should buy it locally where there is no sales tax! (and save $16 in shipping/handing and another $14 in sales tax). That’s $30!!
I’d think it would be easier for her to receive gifts at her current residence (so she doesn’t have to haul them back home) – but, saving the $30 is super appealing.
Post # 3
I’d buy it locally & bring it to the wedding. Then you get to wrap it all fancy & include a card! I’m sure she has help getting her gifts to her home 🙂
Post # 4
I’m sure a lot of people will probably bring gifts to the wedding though. I would save the $30 since she will probably be driving back home and not flying.
Post # 5
I love picking a gift, wrapping it in pretty paper, etc, so I’d buy it locally…she must realize that she’s going to have to transport stuff back home, so she’s probably prepared for it…save the $30!
Post # 6
I was told its always easier for the people to just send the gift. But I wouldn’t mind having to bring a gift home with me if it saved my guest some money. I’d go with saving the dinero!
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I’d send the gift–we had a hard time finding car space for all the gifts people brought to our wedding, and getting people to help disabled parents unload them at the house. But the $30 is appealing…
Post # 8
I second sending the gift. Traditionally (this is per several of my wedding planning and etiquette books) the gift was always sent ahead – that way it could be displayed. Many have held on to this because it simplifies things for the bride and groom. People here have disagreed with me before on this, saying they did not want to show up “empty handed” but if we had 200 presents brought to our reception I would have NO way of bringing them all home. I think as a gesture to the bride and groom, it is always considerate to send the gift ahead of time or shortly after.
My experience with registry gifts so far is that they have all arrived wrapped with bows, so don’t worry about them arriving unwrapped.
Post # 9
I’d mail the gift. Our wedding is in nyc and nobody in my immediate family has access to a car, so bringing a large amount of gifts back from the reception would be really difficult for us. Luckily, most of our guests are from Out of Town, so I doubt many will be bringing gifts with them.
Post # 10
Personally getting married in a different state then I currently live, I have totally appreciated the shower gifts that people mailed. I’m hoping our wedding guests do the same!! (plus it’s less “stuff” family and friends have to worry about packing up after the reception! – which means they’ll get to the after parter sooner!!) I’d say pay the extra shipping costs and mail the gift!!