THE GIFT GIVING GUIDE TO GAY WEDDINGS
From engagement parties to honeymoon send-offs, weddings are no longer just about the wedding. Couples are having all kinds of events to celebrate their marriage, and why should same-sex couples be any different? We all know everyone loves a gay wedding, but you know what everyone doesn’t love? Not having a slew of step-by-step social norms to follow.
Confused about how gift giving works at the slurry of wedding events you’re attending this year? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a few tips to make you the ultimate wedding guest.
CASH IS QUEEN(S)
Let’s be real, the more events you have, the pricier your wedding becomes, so cash is still the gift that keeps on giving for modern couples. Luckily, honeymoon funds and experience registries have arrived to help us keep it classy during wedding season. You no longer have to worry about wedding crashers stealing your card, because you can give your gift online before the big day even arrives! We know grandma is a fan of carrying her checkbook around, but we like to keep things light, so skip the heavy pocket-book or $3 ATM fee and contribute to one of the awesome cash registries for the future newlyweds!
DOUBLE THE TROUBLE
Are you and your spouse heading to the bridal shower or bachelor party? Don’t forget that you’re two guests, and that means two gifts. Be sure to consider the event when deciding how much to spend on the cash registry or when choosing a gift for the shower. There’s no reason to go overboard (unless you’re on a boat bach, then dive right in!), but be sure that you realize you’re two guests at the event, which means gifting for two. Upside? You’ll also get double the favors and mimosas, so really, what’s the downside?!
LET ME UPGRADE YA
Just because a same-sex couple is choosing to get married now that it’s legal all across the U.S. doesn’t mean that same-sex couples haven’t been living their lives together as partners for years. Chances are the couple you are celebrating has been cohabitating for a long time, so stop thinking about what you can get for them as they “build their lives together” and start thinking about how you can upgrade items they have already chosen to be an important part of their lives! Be sure to listen closely to your friends when you’re over for movie night; chances are they will mention something that needs fixing around the house. Back hurts from a crummy night’s sleep? Look into going in on a new mattress with common friends who are also looking for the right gift. Cookware falling apart from past roommates? Nothing like a new set of cookware to make you feel like Giada.
When it all comes down to it, what truly matters is that you are there to celebrate with your loved ones on an incredible journey! So whether you’re attending a luau-themed engagement party or a flag football wedding ceremony, be sure to give a gift that you know will fit the couple’s unique celebration. And if all else fails, ask your grandma if you can borrow a check.
Who we are: We’re Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love. We’re reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience to make the happiest moment in our couples’ lives even happier. From engagement to wedding and decorating your first home, Zola is there, combining compassionate customer service with modern tools and technology. All in the service of love.