Sibling Wedding Gift Etiquette

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
1884 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Regardless of your feelings towards her, you can’t attend her wedding empty handed. It’s terrible etiquette. 

If you both dislike her so much, don’t go. But you can’t just not give her something because you think she’s “spoiled”, or because it’s “not how your family does things”. You’re not going to a wedding in your family, your going to one in hers. A $200 present for a sibling seems reasonable enough. 

Post # 3
2557 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Umm. Honestly, you sound a bit petty. Why are you even going to the wedding if you have nothing positive to say about his sister? Or are you  just being so very negative about this whole thing because you are a bit jealous she’s getting married & her mom is hosting the wedding? 

I would try to reframe things in your mind & attempt to be kinder in your thoughts and, hopefully, your actions will be kind, as well.

A card is fine. No real need for a gift… except it is his sister. Generosity isn’t a bad idea.

Post # 5
6257 posts
Bee Keeper

My sister had next to nothing and did a painting for us rather than nothing. My husband’s brothers didn’t give so much as a card(we love them all). Just because that’s what she wants doesn’t mean it’s what she gets. Pick out something affordable, even a small gift card to put toward the pots, and move on. 

Post # 6
2133 posts
Buzzing bee

I would never think of going to a wedding and just showing up with a card. Gifts are always given in my circle and 200 dollar Gift doesn’t seem that out of the norm. 

I do think it’s weird that she told her mother what gift you needed to buy but I also think you are getting caught up in how you feel about her. I say either get her the gift/a gift in your budget or just don’t go. 

Post # 7
252 posts
Helper bee

You can’t go empty handed.  If you can’t afford the gift she wants, choose something else that is within budget.  Doesn’t she have a registry?  Choose something off of there or get something universally useful, like a Dutch oven.  If you are going to maintain a relationship with his mother, you can’t ignore her daughter just because you think she’s a brat.  In fact, I didn’t see anything in the OP to indicate she has done anything to you.  It would be incredibly poor form to do what you are suggesting.

Post # 8
546 posts
Busy bee

Giving just a card to his sister seems pretty poor. Splitting the cost of the pot’s and pan’s between you and your partner is not that pricey, however if you cannot afford it just be upfront to the mum and say you are giving cash to contribute.

Post # 9
13926 posts
Honey Beekeeper

The future sister in law didn’t ask for anything, her mother did. If you want to preserve the potential for a future relationship, possibly even a better one, I suggest rethinking an empty card.

Wedding gifts are certainly traditional and customary on tbe guest side. They are usually based on budget and closeness of relationship. You don’t have to break your budget, and she’s not entitled, but if you aren’t inspired by sentiment to give a gift of any kind you probably don’t belong there. 

A gift can be from the both of you. 

Post # 10
537 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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93Gilbert :  The sister is being petty asking for a specific gift, however I think it’s very petty that you are considering attending empty handed.  

Don’t buy her what she’s asked for, but do bring something along as a gift. 

Post # 11
5166 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I don’t see the relevance of how long she has been with her partner or how long you have been with yours and why it is a factor in this. All the backstory makes you sound incredibly petty.

It’s pretty rude to turn up to a wedding with just a card and not make any effort with even a small gift. 

To be honest we don’t even know if she asked or if the mom just picked something off the registry and told the brother “when you’re picking a gift this is a good idea”. 

Post # 12
9436 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I would never go to a wedding without a gift, especially a siblings wedding. For my brother’s we bought something off the registry and for my SIL we gave her a handmade gift.

You don’t have to buy her the specific gift she requested (which was rude) but it would be petty of you to show up with nothing.

Post # 13
1056 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I wouldn’t go empty-handed to anyone’s wedding. Rude. However, in my circle $215 is MUCH more than I’d ever pay (more than twice what I’ve spent on anyone before. Only one of my guests spent this much on my wedding and I nearly fell off my chair with their generosity). I wouldn’t pay that, especially as it doesn’t sound like the norm in your circle either. BUT – it’s your boyfriend’s sister. Surely it’s up to him what he wants to do?

If you both don’t want to spend so much, do the pans HAVE to be bought as a set? Or could you buy one or two of them instead?

Also – I know a lot of people who met and got engaged within a year. It’s not always bad. 

Post # 14
909 posts
Busy bee

I don’t see how the length of her relationship compared to yours is relevant? 

I can’t believe you would seriously consider not going to your partner’s sister’s wedding. I get it when there is abuse, but this doesn’t sound like it. I have family members who are spoilt, pampered and a little manipulative, but I would never think to miss their wedding. Part of having family is putting up with imperfections, save for extreme situations.

Seriously, cut her some slack and a little empathy. 

If you don’t turn up or give just a card, let me tell you that for a long time, the extended family will be saying worse things about you than being entitled and spoilt.

Post # 15
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

Wow you sound very bitter towards her. And just because your fh doesn’t like her entitled attitudes it’s still his sister, my god. So you don’t want to buy the pots and pans don’t buy the pots and pans. You want to just give her a card then go ahead. But know that it’s his sister not a second cousin. It doesn’t matter how YOUR family was brought up and raised this is his side. So you want to give them a card go ahead but it’s very very tacky. 

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