For an English wedding, do I have to buy a gift from a wedding registry?

July 8th, 2011

A friend of mine is getting married. She’s English and from a wealthy, very conservative family. Turns out, her wedding registry matches her background: traditional and expensive.

Things are tight financially for me, and to even make the trip will cost a lot of money. Is it all right for me to get her something for her wedding that isn’t on the registry list?

4 Responses to “For an English wedding, do I have to buy a gift from a wedding registry?”

  1. SugarCat says:

    Wedding registries are just suggestions for the guests–you aren’t required to buy something from them or even give a gift if you can’t afford it. Gifts are NOT a requirement.

    Buy your friend something nice that you can afford. She’ll be happy with whatever you give her.

  2. Spindrift says:

    Don’t go into poverty for this person. Send a gift you can afford and do not go to the wedding.

  3. misslabeled says:

    You don’t “have to” buy a gift at all. Registries are wish lists, and frankly just as tacky as asking for presents, but they’re a good guide about colors, and such. You don’t have to stick to it.

  4. Brittany Smith says:

    Even just getting her a card would be fine. I wouldn’t stress about it.

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