(Closed) Caterer has never seen a gift table at our venue. Are gift tables that uncommon?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
899 posts
Busy bee

I’ve never been to a wedding that didn’t have a gift table…!

Post # 4
541 posts
Busy bee

I’ve never been to a wedding that didn’t have agift table. Did they have any other suggestion for where to put gifts?

Post # 5
2553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I thought they were the norm too…..

Post # 6
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve never been to a wedding that didn’t have an obvious place to put gifts/cards.  Etiquette says you SHOULDN’T bring boxed gifts to a wedding because then somebody has to make arrangements for them, but I think it’s silly not to plan for the possibility that somebody will do it. 

Post # 7
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah, where did the previous weddings put the gifts… Have one, and don’t feel bad/weird about it, it’s totally normal!

My venue told me they’d never heard of having a signature cocktail before and made me feel like a real weirdo for requesting one :-S

Post # 8
279 posts
Helper bee

Every wedding I have been to has had a gift table. It is common in my area for people to bring gifts to the wedding, not just cards, and the tables usually end up full of presents. If it is the norm in your region too then I would have one.

Post # 9
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Yeah I thought that was the norm, when I booked my venue the gift table was brought up by the coordinator.  She showed me where it would be and everything.

Post # 10
1966 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve never seen big gift tables at weddings. But I also NEVER see boxed gifts at weddings. Usually a smaller decorated table with a box for cards or a birdcage. 

Post # 11
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Gift Tables are the norm… and even in this day and age of easy On-Line Shopping / Direct Delviery etc still needed because there will always be Guests who bring along items to the Reception

Be it Cards & Best Wishes (Card Box required)… OR actual wrapped gifts

Even us with a very very casual Back Home Reception weeks after our Elopement Wedding had many many Guests show up with wrapped gifts in hand (lol, mostly wine).  It was therefore very important to us to have a spot for them to deposit them… and the cards too !!

I think having a Gift Table is far more proactive, than scrambling at the event trying to find a space where the Guests can drop off their items & Best Wishes

So… ya your Caterer is “out to lunch” on this one IMO


Post # 12
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

“I’ve never heard of that” seems to be coordinator code for “I don’t like that” or “I don’t feel like doing that.” I’ve been noticing that myself lately.

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