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Everything you need to know about engagements, bridal showers, and weddings, whether you're the bride, the groom, or a guest.
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Use the registry
Couples register for a reason--they're politely picking out exactly what they want. Using their registry is the simplest way to get them something they need and like, and to help them complete matching sets like dishes or silverware.
Consider the couple
If you know the couple well and you'd rather not deal with a registry, feel free to make your gift personal. Go for something special that caters to their interests, like a classic first-edition novel for book lovers or tickets to a concert for music buffs. Or, just give them cash.
Don't overdo it
Do you really want to blow all your money on a gold-plated doodad? Consider a gift that honors the couple while respecting your bank balance.
Do it yourself
If you're a skilled artist and you think the couple would appreciate a unique, one-of-a-kind gift, consider giving a handmade present.
Rely on tradition
If you don't know the couple well, go for a traditional all-purpose -- and easily returned -- present, like a crystal bowl or picture frame. Or give a gift certificate.
Respect the couple's taste
Even if the newlyweds' taste redefines tacky, remember--you're buying a gift for them, not you. Give them something suited to their sensibilities, whatever they are.
The very best way to figure out what a couple wants? Ask them or someone close to them, like the maid of honor. Even if they’ve registered, there might be an item they’re hoping for above all else.