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A No Gifts Wedding: How to State It on Your Invitation

Posted on December 7, 2021 at 10:15 AM

Traditionally, when it comes to weddings, guests tend to give a gift to the couple, most often a gift that is selected from the couple’s registry. Although that is customary for most weddings, there are some couples who do not want gifts. In this article we are going to talk about why that is and how you can make it noted on your invitation!

For many couples who get married when they are older in age, gifts are not a necessity, nor are they wanted if the couple already has many belongings. Another time when a no gifts wedding may seem more fit is if the couple has been living together for a long time and already has all the needed household items. Or there are times when couples are about to move and would rather not have as many boxes to pack. Whatever the case may be, there are ways to state it on your invitation and even other alternatives you can ask for as opposed to physical gifts.

For many guests who will attend a no gifts wedding, they will still want to show their love and generosity in some way. One thing that some couples hosting a no gifts wedding opt to do is asking for their guests to donate to a charity of the couple’s choice. By doing this, guests can still give a gift, and one that will have more meaning to the couple than a physical gift may have. Options of wording for your invitation if you would like to have your guests make a charitable donation are below!

“If you are thinking of giving a gift to help us on our way, a gift of cash towards *insert charity name*, would really make our day.”

“We want you to know that it is your presence not your presents that’s important to us, however if you would like to bless us with a gift then money towards *insert charity name* will be most appreciated.”

For couples who do not want any form of gift at all, there are definitely ways to state it on your invitation to get your point across nicely to your guests! Below are a few options to consider!

“We would prefer that our guests don't bring gifts. We feel blessed enough that you're choosing to spend the day with us.”

“Having lived on our own so long, we've amassed everything we could possibly need for our home. As such, we kindly request no gifts.”

“We prefer your presence rather than your presents! We kindly request no gifts.”

These ideas are just a few of the many ways to state a no gifts wedding on an invitation. Sometimes making decisions for your wedding will be difficult, but it is always important to remember to do what makes you as a couple the happiest!

~Julia Costello


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