Post # 1
At the meeting with the venue and caterer today, the caterer said she hadn’t seen anyone do a gift table done at our venue before. Based on what I have read here and seen at the last three weddings I’ve attended in our region, gift tables are the norm.
If a couple doesn’t have a gift table, what should be done with gifts/cards that guests bring to the reception? And is it truly that unusual to have a gift table?!?! Is there a legitimate reason to choose not to have one?
Post # 3
I’ve never been to a wedding that didn’t have a gift table…!
Post # 4
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
I thought they were the norm too…..
Post # 6
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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.