(Closed) Bring gifts to reception or send to couple’s home??

posted 11 years ago in Etiquette
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    Bring to reception

    Send to the couple's home

  • Post # 32
    5259 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Wow.  People always bring them to the reception, as far as I know.  At every wedding I have ever been to.  Yes, it would be nice to send them to a home, but I have never seen that.  Not ever.  The idea is to “not show up empty handed.”

    Post # 33
    3856 posts
    Honey bee

    Our preference (both in giving AND recieving) is to have everything sent to the house. Everything.

    1) we live fourteen hours by car from where our wedding will be, so we fly. All of my wonderful shower gifts that I got last week? They’re sitting in my mom’s basement until my parents come down to visit us…sometime this winter. And if I’m going to a wedding, I don’t want to haul a gift with me. I’m lazy like that.

    2) Stuff gets stolen from weddings. Way too common. Not cool.

    Post # 34
    6 posts
    • Wedding: June 2011

    It’s shocking to me that people don’t know to send to the house. But you so should! I am getting married in my own hometown, but even still! THe thought of having all those presents at the church and having to try to lug them home — when we are spending that night at a hotel and leaving for Hawaii the next day — is a nightmare! 

    SEND GIFTS!!! I wish more people knew!

    Post # 35
    719 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    Every wedding I have attended wedding gifts (cash or registry gift) are brought to the reception. The bestman usually loads the gifts in the bride’s parents or groom’s parents care and they take care of them until the couple get back from their honeymoon. In SOME cases out of town guests, order from the registry on line and ask that the gift be shipped to the store location closest to the couple.

    Too much left to chance shipping a gift. I prefer it was brought to the reception, if for some reason the guest did not want to then having it available for pick up at the store closest to me or personally bringing it is fine.

    Post # 36
    2637 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’ve always brought gifts to the reception (and so apparently has everyone else,) it’s only been since I’ve been reading on here about sending the gifts, and that actually make a lot more sense! (or else, I’ll just start giving money, since really that’s all everyone wants anyhow…)

    Post # 37
    30 posts

    I’ve only given cash/checks for weddings I went to, so I’m not sure about a physical gift. I would definitely ship it to the bride’s home if it wasn’t a local reception.

    For bridal showers, I’ve typically brought the gift with me. The one exception was for a friend who came to Boston for the shower (we all met in college here), but she lives in TX. We all shipped the gifts to her house, but printed a picture for her to open at the party.


    Post # 38
    1036 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I’ve never seen actual boxed gifts at a wedding. Nowadays you order through the registry online and it sends straight to them for you! I know I’m having my wedding 3-4 hours away and don’t want to lug a bunch of gifts back with me!!! People do bring cards/money gifts though.

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