(Closed) How to say “no gifts please”?

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I went to a wedding where the bride and groom did this.  First of all, word of mouth is key.  Secondly, they created a website and said on there something along the lines of, “The gift of your company is all that desired.  However, in lieu of gifts, please feel free to make a donation to xxxxxxxx”  FYI they still got some gifts, but many people did donate

Post # 4
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think that having your charity registry information on your website is a good place to start.  Then word of mouth.  I think no matter what people are going to gift you something whether you put no gifts on the wedding invites are not. 

Post # 5
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ll admit, I’ve been one to bring a gift when it says “no gifts please”, but always go for something like a bottle of wine. I just feel awkward showing up with nothing. And everyone loves wine right? Or if not, they can regift quite easily. I know. I’m bad.

Post # 6
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Put it on your website, and let it get out by word of mouth. Actually, you might want to list a couple of charities that are meaningful to you and give people a choice; then they might feel more like they are selecting a gift for you?

Post # 7
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

For the wedding, the suggestions here are great.  For showers, there are tons of alternative ideas out there!  For instance, you could have everyone bring their three favorite recipes, or a bottle of wine, or a board/card game, or a piece of advice, or a cd, or a photo,… Any of this would actually make the gifts more special than something off a registry, and be stuff you never would have thought of for yourself.  Of course it depends what you enjoy and how many people are coming.  I would adore a book shower, personally!  Also, I must say that showers are never obligatory – plenty of people have no shower at all.  If you just want a chance to catch up with girlfriends, invite them to a cocktail party or out to lunch instead, most people won’t mind not having to get a gift and play silly games. 

Post # 8
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@hopewell – gasp! a book shower!!? I have never thought of that! That’s a great idea!!!

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