Post # 1
I am renewing my vows. My husband and I never had a wedding and for our 25th Anniversary we are having a renewa, a luau reception with dancers and traditional luau food.
My coodinator said we need a gift table. I had not thought about gifts, do people bring gifts since we are already married? We did not receive gifts when we were first married and this is our 25th so I guess it is likley that we might receive something but a gift table?
I feel like we are asking for gifts and I just wanted to gather our family and friends to celebrate 25 years of being together.
Invitation are already out or I could have said no gifts…. Help!
Post # 3
Hmmm… do you have a box for cards or anything. If so, I would just put it on a slighly larger table so if people do bring gifts they have a spot to put them.
If not, I might have a small table set discretely aside. I imagine that you might get a few gifts and cards and it’s probably a good idea to have somewhere to put them.
Post # 4
I agree with @RunsWithBears: a table for at least cards, that is pretty discreet.
If I was invited to an anniversary party like that, I would show up with a bottle of wine or something similar as a token gift.
Post # 5
I agree with PPs. There are likely to be some guests who bring cards and/or a gift. So your options are to have someone standing at the entrance who can offer to take any cards/gifts or to have a small table. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. Just a small table with a box or basket that you can put a card or 2 in so that people know that’s where cards go. Put that on a table that has a few feet of extra space around the box/basket so people can put gifts there if they’re brought. Depending on how many people you’re inviting, you may need to ask someone to move gifts, if there are a lot and they’re overflowing the table.
To me, making a space to put gifts/cards is not you saying you expect gifts/cards, it is merely being considerate of your guests and inticipating that a given place to put things might make their lives easier.