What is proper etiquette for wedding gifts for someone who is having a cival ceremony?

March 15, 2013 | By

Question by jessielynn2322: What is proper etiquette for wedding gifts for someone who is having a cival ceremony?
What is the proper etiquette for wedding gifts for a couple who are having a cival ceremony in a park with the justic of the peace, no reception afterward..will be at a later date? Are you suppose to give them money when you attend their wedding or the reception at a later date??

Best answer:

Answer by Lady Kelly
Umm, why are you trying to get gifts? There's no such thing as a reception at a later date. The reception takes place right after the ceremony, to "receive" the couple..
The only people who would give gifts are thoe who are invited to the ceremony.
Anything else is gift grabby and in very poor taste, regardless of what you might read on here.

PS - Not a popular answer I see but I saw your earlier questions and you are asking on behalf of yourself. Greed is not cool.

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Comments (2)

  1. Ms. X

    Their wedding IS the civil ceremony. If you are attending as a guest, it would be nice to give them a gift.

  2. truefirstedition

    Are you a guest who has been invited to this wedding? If so, you can give a gift whenever you feel it is appropriate. If it were me, I would probably give them a gift when I attended the ceremony, since that’s when they’re actually getting married. I would not take a separate gift to the reception.

    If you’re the bride/groom trying to figure out when to expect gifts, just stop. People will give them at their discretion, and there’s no polite way to “encourage” them to do otherwise. Make no mention of gifts anywhere on your invitations.