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How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Reception Gift

Nov 3, 2007
When trying to choose a good wedding gift you may feel lost. It helps to have some guidelines when trying to pick out the best wedding gift. Instead of ambling about the store aimlessly you can have a good idea what you are looking for.

Having a main idea of what you want to buy helps the process go smoothly without hassle. Considering the couple's wants and needs, your relationship to the couple and your budget will help you to make the right wedding gift choice.

Many couples now use store registries to let guests know what they buy them for their wedding. Registries list items the couple has chosen throughout the store that they want. If someone has bought something from the list it is taken off, so you know when you look at the list that nobody has bought the items.

Most lists will include the number of each item the couple wants. If the couple lists they want four wine glasses, you could buy two and let someone else get the other two. Registries are also nice because you can quickly see what to buy and be out of the store in a matter of minutes.

Of course there are some not so good things about registries. They are computer-based, so sometimes you will not be able to access them. Also if the wedding is out of town for you the store the couple is registered at may not be easily accessible to you. If the couple has registered and it is convenient for you this is the easiest way to chose a good wedding gift.

Another consideration is your personal relationship with the couple. Base your gift on how well you know them. An acquaintance from work isn't expected to buy as extravagant a gift as a best friend would. If you only know one of them you should still buy a gift they will both use and like.

If you really have no clue about what they want or need you can give money or a gift certificate with a nice card. Make sure your gift is appropriate and useful. Any gift is appreciated, so do not feel as if you have to give the best gift ever.

Your budget is always a consideration when shopping for a wedding gift. Nobody expects you to bankrupt yourself when buying them a wedding gift. Set an amount you can comfortably spend and stick to it. If your budget is small just be creative and buy what you can. If you've checked out the registry and nothing on it fits your budget then buy the couple something useful, but simple. For example a bucket of cleaning supplies would be appreciated by any new couple, but wont break the bank for you. The couple will be more grateful that you came to their wedding then worried about how much you spent on their gift.

Keep in mind these helpful pointers to choose a wedding reception gift that will be appreciated by the couple. You should look at their registry, if you can, consider your relationship with them and keep your budget in mind so that you choose a nice gift that works. Never worry that the couple will not like your gift or think you are cheap. As long as your intentions are good, they will love anything you give them.
About the Author
Well known author Joe Palladino and owner of http://www.HerWeddingFavors.com offers great articles on wedding planning ideas as well as unique Wedding Favors and Bridal Shower Favors.
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