We recently asked our friends at Zola (an awesome wedding registry website) to provide us with some tips and reminders for registry & wedding gifts. Seeing how wedding season is here, we thought it would be fun to share some of these with all of you!
Don’t go off-registry. The newlyweds-to-be put time and thought into creating their wish list. It is actually really easy these days to shop online for a registry and you can be sure the couple will love it.
If you’re in the wedding, you can think of something more personal and creative in addition to the registry gift. For example, a cookbook with a roasting pan or a gift certificate to a local cheese shop paired with their appetizer plates.
If you feel like adding a little unique touch - you can personalize the gift with a monogram of the couple’s initials!
When to Give
The old rule was that you have one year to send a gift. The new rule – purchase your gift before the wedding or send immediately after. If possible, avoid bringing the gifts to the wedding. With easy online registries, shipping directly to the couple is hassle-free for both of you.
Today there are quite a few ways to give a gift. With a more modern wedding registry, couples are registering for experiences and cash funds. Using the couple’s cash fund on their registry website allows for you not to worry about misplacing the card of cash at the wedding!
How Much to Give
The old rule was that you should purchase a gift that would pay for your plate. The new rule – spend according to your relationship with the couple. A great starting point is around $50. A relative or friend could be $75-100. For a really close relative or friend $100+. Group gifts are a great idea to get the couple something bigger from their registry. Just make sure everyone on the group gift is on the same page about the cost before purchasing.