As soon as your friends and family receive their wedding invitations they’ll likely start to consider the perfect outfit they’ll wear, where to book/ stay, and deliberating on the best wedding gift to give you. But what if you prefer not to receive wedding gifts? In this case, it’s best to let them know from the get-go and share that information upfront with them.
The days of wedding gifts and gift lists are becoming less and less popular as couples opt to skip the tradition. Whether that’s because they have everything they need, may not have space for extra gifts, or would prefer to put the funds to a different use. Either way, it’s perfectly alright and you’re welcome to do so at your discretion. But how do you politely tell your guests? The most important thing is that you clearly communicate your wishes to your guests so there isn’t any confusion or upset.
When it comes to your wedding invitations there’s a lot of must-have information they should contain, including (but not limited to) the following: who’s hosting (if applicable), the request to come to the wedding (i.e.”would love for you to join them” or “invite you to celebrate with them”), the name of the couple, the date and time, the location, reception information, dress code, and RSVP card/ instructions)
You’ll also want to include some helpful information as to travel and accommodation arrangements or if you have a wedding website you can save on additional paper and include the URL of your website instead for guests to visit to find some of this extra information.
However, it’s strongly recommended not to mention gifts or cash on the invitation themselves. So alternatively, you can choose to include a card inserted with your invitation suite that notes specific details regarding gifts is perfectly okay. Or, you can choose to direct your guests to more information and gift details on your wedding website.
Consider the possibility of asking for an ‘alternative’ to physical gifts instead of simply ‘no gifts’ for those that really would like to get you something with some heartfelt love or instead of directly asking for cash, kindly direct your guests to a honeymoon fund page.
A very popular option for our couples is to set up a table or display a ‘wedding post box’ where you ask your guests to drop their envelopes & cards safely in to for you to open and enjoy later.
Here are some of our favourite ways to put it into words…
- The most important thing to us is that you are able to celebrate with us on our wedding day. However, if you wish to give a gift, we will gratefully accept a small contribution towards our honeymoon.
- In lieu of gifts, we would appreciate a contribution made to our [honeymoon, house, etc.] fund.
- In lieu of gifts, please consider making a donation to [charity selected by the couple].
- We’re excited about your presence, not presents. Please, no wedding gifts.
- Your presence is truly enough, no wedding gifts, please.
- Your presence at our wedding is the greatest gift of all. However, if you wish to honour us with a gift, a cash gift would be very welcome.
- We are extremely lucky to have love, laughter and a house full of furniture, so if you’d like to help us celebrate with a gift, we’ve set up a honeymoon fund at (details here).
- If a wedding gift is your intention, we thought that we would mention, We’d love some pennies to rub together, To save for something we will treasure!
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