Is It Ever Okay to Re-Gift Your Wedding Presents?

Etiquette, Favors & Gifts
Re-gifting Wedding Gifts

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After you've said "I do" and danced the night away beside your closet friends and family members, you'll find yourself back at home surrounded by a pile of wedding gifts. As you're opening boxes, ripping off wrapping paper, and getting paper cuts opening envelope after envelope, you may start to realize that some of your gifts don't fit your household style or are things you already own. You may even get a gift that you know you'll never use, like a popcorn maker or a third blender.

When you're making an inventory list of all the gifts you received and putting together a pile of items you'd like to return, you may ask yourself a question that at first could seem awkward or even wrong to ask. The question is... Can I re-gift Items from my wedding?

The best rule of thumb to follow is that you can re-gift items from your wedding, as long as they weren't personalized for you. If the gift was something made for you or has your initials on it, you may be stuck keeping it.

But if the gift is something more general, you can give them to another couple getting married, especially If the item is something similar to what they had on their registry or something you feel they may need. If it's a very unique item or even something that you scratched your head over, wondering how the heck or when the heck you'll ever use it, it may be something that the other couple won't understand or use either.

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But you know the saying: One person's wedding trash could be another couple's wedding treasure. So re-gift only if you think the item is a good fit for the couple. If not, try and return the gift you received or give it to charity instead.

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

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