Milwaukee Weddings - - Content - – JENNA KASHOU

Giftre­ceiv­ing eti­quette.

WED­DING BELLS of­ten mean pack­ages of good­ness, and those pack­ages must be met with punc­tual grat­i­tude, ac­cord­ing to the ex­perts (and your mom). But keep­ing track of it all, and do­ing the right thing, can be over­whelm­ing. A few pro tips:

No one ex­pects the cou­ple to open gifts the night of the wed­ding, but it’s ex­pected at a shower.

If gifts be­gin pil­ing up be­fore the big day, no need to wait to un­wrap them, though some ex­perts sug­gest cou­ples should wait un­til af­ter the wed­ding to use them.

Kris­ten Fa­gan, man­ager of Past Bas­ket, who helps many cou­ples with their wed­ding gift registries, rec­om­mends open­ing a gift as soon as you re­ceive it and send­ing a thank-you let­ter im­me­di­ately so the sender knows that the gift ar­rived safely.

Got a gift that’s not your style or three of the same set of sheets? There’s no shame in re­turn­ing gifts. Even if peo­ple for­get to pro­vide a gift re­ceipt, many stores will al­low ex­changes if the gift was from a reg­istry.

Aim to mail some hand­writ­ten grat­i­tude no later than three months af­ter re­ceiv­ing the gift. Writ­ing the thank-you notes as the gifts come in will pre­vent pileup and should be a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity. Plus, giv­ing thanks to­gether is the per­fect way to be­gin a mar­riage.

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