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Do I Have to Bring a Gift to Every Prewedding Event?

Ask a Savvy Bride: Do I Have to Bring a Gift to Every Event?


Attending a wedding and all the festivities that lead up to the big day can stir up many etiquette questions. Check out this question below, answered by a very savvy bride, and weigh in with your two cents. You can also submit your questions in our Ask Savvy group.

Dear Savvy,

I'm a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding this Summer. Her engagement party was last month (where I brought a nice gift off her registry) and I just received invitations for two bridal showers as well as a lingerie party during her bachelorette. Without sounding cheap, is it necessary for me, who will be attending all of the events, to bring a gift for every occasion?

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To see what a savvy bride has to say about this, keep reading after the jump.

Savvy bride says:

This is a great question and I can guarantee you're not the only one who has asked it. I don't like to going empty handed to a party thrown in someone's honor — giving and receiving gifts is a tradition at prewedding events — but if you're invited to multiple events for the same wedding, I think it's perfectly acceptable to bring something small (a cookbook, a spatula, a pot holder, or a bottle of champagne, for example) to each one. Most brides-to-be have an array of price points on their registries for this exact reason, so don't feel obligated to break the bank each and every time.

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If you can't afford it, make a gesture and offer to help out in some way, such as cooking a dish or driving someone home. If all the revelry is still too much on your wallet, I think it's OK to politely decline an event or two. We all know that weddings can be expensive, even when you're a guest, so just do what you can. That's all any bride can ask of you.

Ask anything budget-, etiquette-, or planning-related — well, almost anything — by posting your questions in the Ask Savvy group, and I'll find the right expert to help you out.
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