Bridal showers can be both exciting and, let’s be real, a little stressful. There are a lot of questions to ask, especially when it comes to gifts. Do I need to bring a gift to a bridal shower? What if I already bought a wedding gift? Should I buy from the registry? If this is your first bridal shower or even your 20th, here are some helpful bridal shower gift tips and etiquette for you.
1. Bring the gift!
Unlike wedding gifts which you can send to the couple at any time, it is good etiquette to actually bring your gift to the bridal shower. The bride will be opening the gift at the shower and you’ll want to see her reaction!
And yes, it’s also good etiquette to buy both a bridal shower gift and a wedding gift. However, if you don’t have a large budget, don’t fret! You can split your budget between the bridal shower and wedding, or even give a DIY gift at the shower.
2. Buy from their registry
The bridal shower is the perfect time to buy from the registry. Since bridal gifts don’t have to be as large or extravagant as a wedding gift, feel free to buy some of the smaller and simpler items off of the registry such as a set of ceramic bowls or dish towels. Registries often have a “Most Wanted” category so you’ll know what’s a necessity versus what’s just for fun. Make sure to also check what’s already been purchased by others so you don’t get a repeat!
4. Go in with friends
Worried about money? Get a few friends to chip in together for a bigger gift or gift card. This would be a great time to purchase a kitchen appliance that might be a bit expensive for one person to purchase, but is no problem for a group of people! Chances are, the appliances on the couple’s list are some of their “most wanted” options, so you’d be gifting them something they actually need and will use!
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