Waiting To Gift
Luckily for you, the old adage holds true — it’s not out of the ordinary for gifts to be given up to a year after the nuptials. BUT, in this day and age, when you can send a present with one click, we say just do it. “We actually don't see the one-year rule going anywhere,” says Neha Leela, Zola’s brand director. “That said, we see the majority of guests give gifts within a three-month window from the wedding day because it's top of mind.” Aim for that time frame as it’s nicer for the couple to get your gift on the front-end, and let’s be real, after too much time goes by, you’re likely to forget it altogether, anyway.
Presenting Your Present
Unless you’re giving the bride and groom cash or a check in a card (a totally okay gift), don’t bring a present to their big day. They have enough to think about at the end of the night without worrying how to get a stack of gifts home; plus, it saves you the headache of transporting the dang thing when you’re all dolled up. You can always send your gift beforehand too — there’s no rule that says you have to wait till they’re legal (unless you’re worried about them actually making it legal).
Following The Registry
As far as buying something from a couple’s registry goes, we highly recommend it. If they put it on their registry, it’s something they want, whether you want to give it or not. If you are going to go rogue, make sure you do so only for a couple whose tastes you know incredibly well (and make sure it’s returnable) or go for something experiential that they will totally love doing.
Honoring A Specific Request
And, as for that couple that requested no presents? As weird as it may feel, it’s best to comply. They did it for a reason, and you should honor that.