(Closed) We didn’t register = No wedding gifts?

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
1842 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think you’ll find there is no “norm” or at least that’s what I’ve figured out, the more I’m on this site.

I would absolutely give a cash gift if there was no registry, and as a Bridesmaid or Best Man, I have always given a gift as well.  I do think there are some though where the norm is not to give an additional gift – that being in the wedding is a gift alone.

As far as the regular guests who didn’t give a gift, you said they did give a card?  Maybe they assumed you didn’t need anything since you didn’t register, or perhaps with the economy, they couldn’t afford a gift.  I do know of a lot of brides who complain of guests not giving a gift OR a card, so at least they recognized you with a card.  Still stinks though!

Post # 4
3942 posts
Honey bee

That is really strange. I have always given money as a wedding gift, regardless if there is a registry. Even if I gave a shower gift, I still give cash or a check at the wedding.

Its really weird that so few guests gave you a gift. Are you sure you got all the cards? I know you mentioned that some wine bottles were stolen. That is really horrible 🙁

Post # 5
10844 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Personally, I would never attend a wedding without a gift (money or from the registry). That being said, I think the standard is to say that “Your presence alone is our gift!” which in some ways is true, but if I were in your shoes I’d be a bit disappointed too. I can send you some of the 8000 picture frames or the crystal candle stick holders we received if you’d like 😉 As a guest I would never assume that if the couple wasn’t registered they didn’t want anything, I’d assume they wanted cash!

As for the wedding party, I think you can give them some leeway. Weddings are expensive to be a part of, so I’d write them a kind thank you for their love and support and participation in the wedding. The majority of our wedding party gave us a gift, but a couple of them didn’t and I know those people couldn’t have afforded to so it wasn’t a big deal. I wasn’t expecting anything from them to tell you the truth!

Post # 6
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Geeze this scares me because my Fiance seems to think we’ll recieve enough “cash” back to pay for our wedding and honeymoon. I told him that we shouldn’t assume anything cause people can be stingy. So we better come up with all the money up front since we’re paying for everything ourselves. I saw on http://www.stylemepretty.com a website call http://www.depositagift.com (something like that) anyways I thought it was pretty cool, cause we live together and we don’t really need gifts but if people wanted to give us anything they could go on that site its pretty much a bank account but they can see where their monetary gift “may” go too. I’ve never heard of it before till stylemepretty and till a coworker at work told me about it cause she’ll be doing that for her wedding.

PS. I cannot believe your guest stole wine bottles from a country club…

Post # 7
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

As a fellow non-registering bride, I can tell you that it was my intention to let people off the hook for gifts by not registering. We received some bottles of wine, a lot of lovely handwritten cards, and a few assorted gifts of kitchenware. My husband’s coworkers and my church choir each took up a collection for a cash gift. But that was it, and you know, it’s OK. I realize that expectations are different based on region or cultural tradition, but gifts are *always* optional.

Post # 8
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

yeah I made it clear to my guests I didnt want any gifts, there was no registry, I knew I’d be moving transcontinentally so it was simply not practical, my immediate family still gave gifts which was nice because I’m still sentimental and it wasnt too much to lug; I just posted a card box on my wedding site for any wedding cards I didnt want anything bulky; I told my friends I preferred no gifts because it was hard to lug across the ocean;almost everyone was nice enough to give cash gifts; just one friend gave me gifts which was nice because she is a  dear friend, I’m still sentimental and nice to have a few keepsakes from the wedding I just didnt want a lot of stuff; we also had a money dance which is common in my Filipino culture; we made about over $3000 we only had 54 guests  9 were kids so they were very generous; our reception was a little posh, so I guess this also contributed to it  it would have been weird to show up without a gift of some kind

 you cant really ask specifically for money or gifts, it’s their prerogative; they still have up to one year to give  a gift

Post # 9
9024 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Its very rude of your guests to have stolen bottles of wine.. but I dont expect gifts from my bridal party and it seems to me that people who didnt bring any gifts/cash/giftcards wouldnt have given you a gift even if you had registered.


Post # 10
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I can not even fathom attending a wedding and not giving a gift. Honestly, I’ve never heard of such a thing. I’ve been to weddings where the couple have written “your presence is the only gift we need” and I’ve still given cash or a gift card. It’s not like I think “oh the bride and groom expect my gift” but it’s the right thing to do as an attendee. Where has etiquette gone???

I’ve also been in a wedding party and also given a gift. And as for the stolen wine? That’s despicable.

Honestly, if I were you, I’d feel bad about it too.

Post # 11
5089 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We didn’t register, and we wrote on our wedsite “Your love, good wishes, and company are the best gifts we could hope for! No others are necessary.”

So I don’t really expect to get a lot of gifts. Maybe some cash from the older generation, and something personal from my crafty friends, but that’s about it.

Edit: that said, I think I personally would feel uncomfortable going to a wedding and not bringing something. I know that isn’t really consistent, given that we genuinely do not expect them (esp. from our less-well-off friends) but there it is. 

Post # 12
3048 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Yea, that really sucks. But I think you set it up for people to not give anything. Most people these days are used to registries, so if there is nothing to pick from, they just think you don’t want anything. And people sometimes think it’s rude to give money or gift cards. Also, the bridal party shouldn’t have to give anything. They’re there for you on your day, and have given much support and money already. I would be upset too, but there’s nothing you can do now 🙁

Post # 13
1565 posts
Bumble bee

I’m sorry your guests weren’t more generous! I’d be really upset too. I think no registry implies cash (we took a similar approach for our wedding and got cash from nearly everyone). So I agree, bad etiquette on their part. But honestly, what kind of etiquette expectations can you have for people that would STEAL WINE BOTTLES from the venue? 

Post # 14
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Gifts should never be expected (even if you had registered). A wedding is an event you or your family is hosting so guests shouldn’t be expected to bring anything.

Most people would agree, bringing a gift or a card with even a small amount of money is customary (and would feel bad attending without doing so), but unfortunately it also means you could end up with nothing. It’s worse when your guests take advantage. It sucks that your guests took advantage of the bar and even stole from the venue – that’s horrible (and rude)!

I can understand being disappointed and irritated – because it would be nice for people to acknowledge the time and money that was spent on planning. So your frustration is totally warranted.

As for the bridal party – I don’t know if I would expect gifts from them as they probably already spent money on attire and possibly bachelor/bachelorette parties. But I would think they’d give a card.

Post # 15
2605 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The kind of person who would steal a bottle of wine at a wedding, is the same kind of person who would show up without a gift.  You did nothing wrong in not registering… those people are classless.

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