They're Engaged! To Gift or Not to Gift?

Tish Benjamin


The answer is more complicated than a simple yes or no. It's understood that guests will have several gift-giving opportunities, such as the bridal shower, bachelorette party, and the wedding itself. So purchasing a gift for their engagement is not necessary. If you feel uncomfortable going empty-handed, a congratulatory card, bottle of wine, or even a bouquet of flowers is fine. Below you’ll find a list of reasons why you should give or not give an engagement gift.

Reasons to Give a Gift:

  • You are close to the couple and want to celebrate their engagement with a gift.

  • You will not be able to attend the wedding or other events.

  • You have an item that will help them plan their wedding (wedding magazines, calendar, etc.).

Reasons for Not Giving a Gift:

  • The couple has requested that no one bring gifts.

  • Your budget does not permit a gift.

  • You don't feel close enough to the couple to give an additional gift.

Whatever you decide, the couple is sure to appreciate your sincere congratulations and good wishes on their engagement.

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