Do You Have to Exchange Wedding Gifts With Your Fiancé?

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Exchanging a pre-nuptial gift with your husband is a great way to punctuate the moment, but it's certainly not expected. Our experts encourage you to look for a deeper meaning behind this popular practice.

If you really want to buy your new hubby a unique pair of cufflinks or watch, then go for it. Every time he looks at that token of your affection, it will spark the memory of your wedding day and the happiness you felt as a couple. That being said, we are certainly never ones for exchanging gifts out of obligation. A romantic gesture goes a long way, and articulating your thoughts is a great way to start, so pen a love letter. We find that once those thoughts are down on paper, you'll often think of a small gift that goes hand-in-hand with your emotions, making the sentiment incredibly meaningful. After all, that is the whole point of giving a gift, right?

Take a moment and think about why you want to give your husband a gift, or better yet, why you'd like to receive one; it's likely because you're hoping for an expression of love. You have committed a sizeable amount of time and effort into planning this wedding, and it wouldn't be the end of the world for your husband to recognize that fact, so let this be your first lesson in newlywed communication: It's OK to talk to him. No, we're not suggesting emailing him a link to acceptable pieces of jewelry; instead, let him know how much of your energy has been put toward making the wedding a memorable event and that by appreciating the details, he'll in turn be appreciating you.

Whether it's a gift, a card, or a heartfelt thank you at the end of the night, don't let the moment pass by without appreciating each other. It's a healthy habit to start early in a marriage.

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