What, No Gifts? Why You Shouldn’t Expect Gifts at Your Wedding
The Wedding Guru puts a bride in her place after she complains about not receiving as many gifts as she’d hoped
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Dear Hudson Valley bride: The dictionary defines a gift as “something given to show friendship, affection, support, etc.” It is not payment for attending an event. You most certainly should not expect a gift from any of your guests — a gift is a voluntary act of kindness. Bear in mind that, although not a great idea, some people wait for quite a while after a wedding to send a gift. That being said, there will be guests from whom you never receive a gift — and you will have to be okay with that. By no means should you ask, hint, or allude to the fact that someone has neglected to give you a gift. I would hope that the people you invited to your wedding were people you care about and that the invitation was not sent in expectation of a gift!