Post # 1
Dearest Weddingbee Readers,
I recently got married and encountered something a bit weird: A number of guests didn’t give any wedding gifts. I should add that we did get a lot of gifts and some very generous ones too. Some of the people who didn’t gift at all can, in general, be a little immature and lazy about things like gift-giving.
While I know it seems petty to think about something as material as a wedding gift, I feel a little peeved at them–especially since two of these people just got married and I gifted them generously. Almost everyone was aware as to the fact that we paid for the wedding ourselves and worked really hard to make the wedding happen the way it did. And, a significant portion of the non-gift-giving people have really well-paying jobs, are well-off, etc.
Is this something that normally happens, is it something I should let get to me or should I just chalk it up to bad manners and move on? Initially, I was so irritated by one person’s general rudeness during the wedding and non-gift-giving that I was going to send her a card that said, "No thank you." What do you guys think?
Post # 3
Don’t send the card!! Trust me you won’t feel good about it later. How long ago was the wedding? Some people are just really slow. We got married in June and some gifts have still been trickeling in.
Post # 4
Okay, obviously you shouldn’t send the card, but that’s a hilarious idea. Made my morning. :]
Post # 5
Unfortunately though it is not something you would do many people do not give gifts at weddings. They think their gift is just attending. I would hold off though because they technically have up to a year.
Post # 6
Why get so worked up because people don’t give you a gift? Gifts are a nice thing for people to offer, especially when they know the couple is young and just starting out after paying for their own wedding. However, gifts are by no means a requirement. I know it may seem like a sin that you spent $x on a guest (for a meal, favor, etc.) and they didn’t get you a gift, but this is a wedding, not some trade agreement. And, depending on your wedding date, some people may still be sending gifts. My friend got married in July and I haven’t sent his wedding gift yet because he was moving to another state for grad school and I didn’t want it to be one more box he’d have to pack.
Be appreciative of the gifts you’ve received and thankful that the giftless guests came to your wedding anyway to offer their congratulations. That’s why you invited them in the first place – to have them part of the celebration and witness your beautiful ceremony, not to receive a free blender.
Post # 7
A lot of our guests didn’t get us anything in terms of a wrapped gift, but I am so grateful for the effort and expense they went through just to come – which to me is the better gift. In fact, I am happy people don’t feel obligated to get a gift, regardless of their financial status. I hate getting gifts out of obligation. I was only upset about one friend who couldn’t come, didn’t call to see how it went, didn’t even send a card wishing us well. It hurt because it made me realized she didn’t care, and wasn’t the good friend I thought she was.
By The Way, I thinkwe got gifts from 50-60% of guests….I know this because I have a spreadsheet tracking it all so I can make sure to get out thank yous! Also, I think everyone who attends should get a thank you, gift or no gift. I went to a friend’s wedding in LONDON last August and spent a sh**load of money to attend. I just sent her a gift in June, but I was a little peeved that the thousands of dollars I spent to attend her wedding wasn’t worth a thank you because I didn’t buy her a present.
Post # 8
I wonder did your guest have to travel out of town to attend you wedding?
If they did – did you provide lodging, food and traveling expenses for these guests?
Did you invite these guests for their gifts or for their support?
I recently attended a wedding 2 states away – I ended up dropping better than $600 just to attend – I viewed the wedding gift as being my attendance.
The statement of "they have really well paying jobs or are well off" is very niave of you unless you have full access to their financial books. You should ask yourself – do others view me as well off – prehaps they feel you aren’t in need of anything.
It would have been less expensive for me to mail a gift than to attend – I chose to attend to support the bride and groom.
Post # 9
I too would feel a bit peeved. So I understand where you are coming from. I however, would not send that card unless you want to damage you relationship permanantly with that person.
I think this is one of those things where you will just need to let it go. Some may gift you after by mailing things but you never know.
I know it seems rude and harsh that they didn’t gift you, but ike I said I don’t think you can really do anything about it. Sorry hun.
Post # 10
Gifts are optional, not compulsory. If someone does not give you a gift for your wedding it is your job to pretend you did not notice! The first rule of etiquette is to never offend anyone by pointing out their own rudeness. Take the higher ground and completely ignore the slight. Honestly, you have much nicer things to think about now!
Post # 11
I’m surprised how many times this topic comes up.
It is not a requirement to give a gift.
My husband and I usually send the gift after the wedding. We don’t want people having to deal with transporting gifts.
Renewing vows after 14 years – October 12, 2008
Post # 12
Ditto the pp’s who said gifts are optional. People probably paid a ton of money to come to your wedding. Be happy they were there to celebrate with you. You should be enjoying recently wedded bliss, not fuming over people who didn’t buy you material gifts.
Post # 13
First, thanks so much for all the comments, no matter how harsh, because I did need reminding that gifts are optional.
That being said, I do want to clarify that I’m not being material in terms of wanting a. say, a free blender. Our gift registeries were actually charity donations which got a good number of donations or something hand-made (although some guests gave us cash gifts and the requisite blender anyway).
The angle I was coming at this was that whenever I got invited to a wedding, I always felt obligated to give a gift which I did. Now that I think about it, this might have to do with my cultural background which is Asian. Gift-giving at weddings is just something that’s done in parent’s culture and I think that rubbed off on my thinking.
To the person who seemed a bit offended that I assumed some of the guests were well-off and stated that I didn’t have access to their financial situations: I’m not a totally clueless about my guests and didn’t include that statement without thinking about it. The peope I mentioned are close friends of mine in their twenties, single and regularly drop over $500.00 on a single pair of shoes on a bi-monthly basis. I assume they’re comfortable enough. Also, all of my guests with the exception of two people were local. Most people either walked or took cabs to my reception.
I will end with this: It’s uncomfortable to talk about feeling weird about people not giving any gifts and it’s hard to not come off being petty. But put yourself in my shoes: My husband and I paid for our wedding ourselves, we tried to DIY as much as we could and we are not as financially rigorous as some of our friends because we are both still in school. It’s hard not to feel a bit annoyed at a friend who is obviously better-off and who comes to your wedding with their date du jour and doesn’t give a gift. I still think it’s a little rude but your comments reminded me that gifts are not that important.
Post # 14
A lot of people still believe in that up to a year after the wedding thing to give presents, so you still may get quite a few.
Post # 15
I was going to say that same thing- all of our friends are aware of the "one year" rule and maybe they’ll still send one. I am getting married in two months and though I’d like to say "take the high road" and forget it- but I know it would bug me too!
Post # 16
I have the same issue, and lots of those people are BMs and other people that definitely would have gotten a gift. It could be they got busy and forgot, or are taking advantage of the one year rule.
My Darling Husband had a great idea you could consider– post your wedding pictures on your wedding website, and send an email to everyone directing them back to the website to look at your photos. Leave the registry info on the site. I think it’s a nice subtle reminder.