Since guests are often curious about the etiquette of
wedding gift-giving, I thought I’d give a few tips
that I’ve picked up over the years.
1)A general rule of thumb is to give enough of a gift to
cover the cost of you and your date’s meal. This is
typically at least $250 per couple in the city of Chicago.
If this is too much for you, please don’t worry.
2) Couples love checks (Make it out to the groom, since
he’s most likely keeping his name. And, a check is
safe because if it is stolen, you can cancel it.)
3) Choose from the registry and have the gift sent to
their home (Lugging gifts from the hotel after the wedding
is a pain!)
4) If the couple hasn’t registered, give them a
gift certificate to a favorite restaurant or funds to spend
on their honeymoon.
5) If a gift is out of the question for you financially,
give them a card with a heartfelt note inside and include a
wish for their future together.
Our favorite online shopping destination, Bluefly.com,
has introduced a new feature: The Wedding Shop. Bridesmaids,
Mothers of the Bride, and Groomsmen can find the perfect
thing for the big day in the “I’m In It” section.
There are also adorable shoes and and bags as well as
honeymoon clothing and gifts items for the couple. Expect to
get the same discounted designer names that Bluefly is known
for. This isn’t a bargain site, but if you are just
dying to have your bridesmaids with you in Vera Wang or
Amsale, The Wedding Shop is a great place to look.
Guests can score trendy wedding-friendly dresses, suits,
and gifts in the “I’m Invited” section. If
you are unsure of what to wear to a particular type of
wedding, sort by black tie, civil ceremony, semi-formal, or
destination wedding to get Bluefly-approved ideas.
I’m dying to wear this Vera Wang jersey dress to my
friend’s wedding in April:
If you were thinking of forgoing the tradition of
bringing your own toasting flutes to your wedding reception
to save a few bucks, these may make you change your mind and
go in another direction entirely…
Vera Wang’s Love Knots are a sweet way to toast to
your new marriage.
The adorable set of two is on sale for $55.25 at Bloomingdales.
Kate Spade’s Belle Boulevard Toasting Flutes are
perfect for a modern Spring wedding.
They are $51 for a set of two at Bloomingdales.
Swarovski Crystalline Toasting Flutes are my absolute
favorite. This photo doesn’t do them justice! These
are for the couple who loves to make a statement…a
very sparkly statement! The stems are filled with tiny
individual crystals and the bases are brilliant cut,
resembling a diamond. I found them online at Upscale Gallery for$292.50 for the
If you are feeling generous, choose champagne flutes from
your favorite retailer for your entire bridal party. Check
out Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn for a start.
For the couple who really wants to make a statement with
their wedding color pallette, choose colored toasting
Brides who would like to surprise their husbands with the
gift of taking his name could take the fun a little further
with monnogrammed toasting flutes (and a cake topper!)
I was researching ideas for a few weddings and I stumbled
upon a site I haven’t visited in a little
while…Plum Party. I love the
interesting and unique party items they stock.
Check out these gorgeous white details that could be used
to add a serious WOW factor to your chic, modern decor.
Imagine these vases with just a few stems of your accent
These are from West Elm
I love the clean, modern design. How cute do they look
with leaves in them? It’s a fun take on the typical
fall leaf decor. Leaves are an unexpected element for a
spring or summer wedding. I think they look great with the