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Gifts Received Etiquette For After the Wedding


The wedding was a success, a magical affair that both the bride and groom dreamed of; and they set off on their honeymoon with stars and not a care or worry in their eyes. What responsibilities await them on their return? The answer – gift opening!

Most couples return from their honeymoon all dewy-eyed and excited to open the mass of presents received on their special night. Once the highly enjoyable, (and often anticipated), pressie opening has been done what is the correct etiquette they should follow?

Thank you cards

It is common and expected practice to write individual cards to all the guests who cam and supplied a present. This said, during the inevitable furore of ripping off wrappings and marvelling at new wondrous things, it is essential to keep track of who has given what. A mind-full way to do this is to open and read the card first, and then open the present. Putting the present aside with the card stuck to or slipped in somehow will make writing the gift cards easier and more personal. It is a nice touch to name exactly in the thank you card the item that is being thanked for.

Every gift big or small deserves a thank you card, and tips to remember include

• Thank everyone within a family if it is from the collective.
• Thank everyone individually for the same item if a group of friends or separate family members pooled to give a big present.

Sticking to this will satisfy each and every one of the gift giving guests.

Returns

If by chance the bride and groom open several similar items, then returning can be acceptable. Still provide a thank you for the specific gift, thus justifying the gift givers thought and effort; then take it to a store that accepts receipt-less returns on new stocked items. There will be little chance of a monetary exchange, but the bride and groom can choose a new item to swap the old one for at their prerogative.

Thank you cards for money givers

Even though money in a card is not as thoughtful or time consuming for the guest to choose as their given present, it is still a gesture that deserves thanks. The thank you in this case does not have to include reference to the exact amount given, but it is a nice touch to let the guest know how the money will be spent or at least a general idea. An example being; “Thank you for your financial contribution gifted at our wedding, the money is greatly appreciated, we are looking forward to buying our first wool rug with your thoughtful gift”. This is personal and appreciative but not overly gushing.

Wedding gifts are to be cherished no matter what they are or who they are from. Saying thank you is a given, it may not be expected the day after the wedding, but after the honeymoon is over and time to settle has been allowed, it will be.

Amanda J. Peters is a writer for Wedding Favours Kingdom. Wedding Favours Kingdom offers elegant and unique wedding favors, wedding table decorations as well as favors for other special occasions.

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