(Closed) gift for destination wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d send a card. If you want to give a present, include a check. You could a note saying it’s for the honeymoon. If you want to make it more personal you could suggest something to do with the money, like a nice dinner or a round of cocktails or a day sight seeing.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yikes! I had the exact same problem and was unable to write a check for obvious reasons.

What about going to your bank and getting Euros out and sending them to her in an envelope? That’s what I ultimately decided to do. But unfortunately the exchange rate sucked for me so it wasn’t much money to her, but was 1.5X to me.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with JenGirl. As for the exchange issue, you could look into a cashier’s check or money order.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would just send a card, but that’s mainly because I think asking for money for a honeymoon is rude.  (Not getting into the honeymoon fund debate here, it’s just my opinion).

Post # 8
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287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am pretty sure that Macys does ship internationally now. That may not solve the question of what to get, but I am sure you could find something!  Not sure exactly what the shipping fees would be either.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@abbie017:  110% agree.  People know that $ is always a welcome gift, there is no need for them to ask for it.  I’d just send a nice card, or wait until after the wedding and send them something.  I am the sort of person who prefers to give physical gifts, so I might even go out and get them a really nice vase or something decorative for the home.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would just send a nice card. 

Where in Europe is she? I just sent a couple a bottle of champagne & some truffles from a local London vendor. Might be something to look into (i.e. if there is a gift shop close to her that could send something small, but nice).

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The exchange rate is 1.33. So if you were going to give her $100, it’s 74.9738 Euros. The exchange fees aren’t that high.

I personally couldn’t think of any alternative. I took out money at the time and was charged 3% exchange fee plus $5. Errrr. I hate exchanging money!I’m not sure that your friend could cash a cashiers check in Europe? I know that a personal US check can’t be cashed there.

Oh I just read your response. I guess I’m a practical person and I always prefer to give cash.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This may not be an “elegant” solution – but can you send a prepaid Visa card? 

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