Thursday, December 31, 2015

Yes, It's OK To Spend Less On A Gift For A Destination Wedding

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The rules of wedding etiquette are constantly changing, making it difficult for modern brides, grooms and guests to find up-to-date and correct information. That's why we launched #MannersMondays, a series in which we ask our followers on Twitter and Facebook to submit their most burning etiquette-related questions. Then, with the help of our team of etiquette experts, we get you the right answers to your biggest Big Day dilemmas. Check out this week's question below!
If you are traveling to someone's wedding from another state -- or if it's a destination wedding -- are you obligated to give them the same gift you would if the wedding was in your area?
Amber Harrison -- Wedding Papers Divas' resident etiquette expert -- is here to help us answer this week's question. Here's what she had to say:
Regardless of the location of the wedding, the amount you spend on a gift is entirely up to you. You should only spend what feels comfortable for your budget. In the case of a destination wedding, where you will likely be spending a significant amount on travel, accommodations and more, it is understandable that the budget you have set aside for a gift may be slightly smaller. Sometimes restricted budgets can actually encourage creativity that may inspire incredibly personal or meaningful gift ideas.
Remember, you have been invited to be a part of their big day for a reason. As a treasured friend or beloved family member, your support and presence will be appreciated and remembered regardless of the extravagance of the gift.


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