Post # 1
I am attending a wedding soon of a good friend of mine, and their only registry is a cash fund (not even a honeyfund, one asking for cash for date nights, etc.). I am one who thinks asking for cash is tacky (on top of the annoying 2.5% commission they charge), and I have to admit in this case I am rolling my eyes more as it is a destination wedding and it is widely known this couple is very well off. I do want to get them something, but I dont necessarily want it to be cash/check (would like somthing a little more personal) would it be approproate to give a gift card to a restaurant/movies/spa they like in lieu of cash? I figured they could use it for a date night since that is what they suppoably registered for anyways (cash for date nights, fun activities).
For our wedding, they gave us a gift card to a place we were registered instead of cash, so I am wondering if they also felt the same way we were (wanting to get us something more personal).
Post # 2
I guess I just don’t understand why you would attending the wedding of someone you call a friend and want to get them a gift that you know isn’t their preference.
Post # 3
I think it’s fine as long as you include the receipt so they don’t think you’re giving them a regifted one.
Post # 4
I think a gift card is fine. I also think a physical gift (like a nice picture frame) with a gift receipt is acceptable too. A registry gives you options – it’s NOT an obligation to fund their future dates just because you attend their wedding!
Post # 5
Tbh they’ve asked for cash, give them cash …
Post # 6
do people seriously add receips for gift cards to prove they bought it?
Post # 7
We got several gift cards for our wedding and all of them included the receipt, which I thought was weird. I thought it was so that if there were issues with the gift card, we would have proof that it had money on it and was purchased though, not so much so that we know the giver actually purchased the receipt with their own money.
Post # 8
was wondering the same about including receipts as well. Every gift card I’ve ever purchased or received has a expiry date. If it expires the August 2018 and you have a year to use it, you know it was purchased in August 2017. If the dates line up to the gift giving occasion you know it wasn’t a regifted gift card.
OP, I’d just give them cash in a card or maybe a gift card for a night at a hotel in their city for a staycation.
TBH if their wedding is a destination wedding and people are paying to travel and they are asking for cash, I’d kind of side eye that a little.
Post # 9
I include receipts for gift cards so that if something happened like the clerk didn’t load the gift card properly, there was proof of purchase so the recipient doesn’t lose out. I have had it happen a couple of times. It also lets the gift recipient know how much is on the card since many cards don’t have a way to indicate that.
As for the actual question…Yes, a gift card is always a perfectly acceptable gift.
Post # 10
seriously. I’ve never heard of this or done it. I’ve provided gift receipts for actual gifts that could be duplicate or clothes that might possibly not fit. Never for a gift card.
Post # 11
I think a gift card is totally acceptable. And contrary to what a PP said about why you would want to give a GC to a good friend instead of cash is because it’s YOUR money and you get to decide what to do with it. I can’t believe how many things are made to be big issues on weddingbee that are really not big deals at all. I don’t care if my best friend gets married and only wants cash. If I choose to give a GC that’s better than nothing. After all they invite you because they want you there. People getting married is not a gift to anyone but them.
Post # 12
I would just give cash. It’s less work and you know they’ll actually enjoy it. I get the cashfund hate (I’m a hater of these too!) but getting a gc because you dont like it comes off petty.
Post # 13
Honestly, I hate any sort of cash or honeyfund too and I try my best not to use it.
My go-to item is a fancy picture frame from Things Remembered with their names and wedding date engraved on it.
Post # 14
yes, a receipt to go along with the GC is ideal. Sometimes issues can come up when the GC is trying to be used, wasnt activated right, wrong expiry date, proof of amount etc. I dont see the big deal.
Post # 15
I don’t understand how a gift card is any different from cash, except it specifically is what they don’t want. If you’re going to put out the money anyway, why not give them what they asked for? A gift card is no more “personal” than a cash gift, IMO.