When Is It Appropriate to Send a Wedding Gift?

Etiquette, Favors & Gifts
Charleston Wedding Welcome Box Gift

Photo: Austin Gros

Picking out wedding gifts is never easy. Between finding something on the registry within your budget and taste, picking out what's appropriate for the couple, and sending them the actual present, it's a process. And since many gifts are often sizable housewares, it's hard for many guests to physically bring their gift to the wedding (after all, more and more brides are throwing destination weddings). So, how long do you have to send a wedding gift to the bride and groom? Here, an etiquette-approved timeline for gift giving.

Well, you actually have a lot more time than you think you do to offer up a wedding gift to the newlywed Mr. and Mrs. Bringing a present to the actual wedding can prove to be more frustrating than it's worth. Forget actually lugging the thing to the venue, presenting a present the day of leaves it at risk for getting lost (especially if it comes in an envelope). Plus, if you actually bring your blender, grill, or fine china, you've placed a burden to have the couple keep it somewhere and transport them all home. Not to mention, the notion of displaying the presents during the party — and even opening them — is more archaic than traditional.

See more: The Big Thing Every Couple Wonders About: Wedding Gifts!

As a wedding guest you have from the time of the engagement announcement until one year after the wedding to send the couple their wedding gift. Yes, one full year. So not only do you have time to pick out the present, you can send it at your leisure!

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