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15 Oct

Gifting ideas for a destination wedding

While travelling for a destination wedding can be exciting, deciding on the wedding gift can pose a challenge. Our gifting etiquette will help you make the right choice.

Face it, packing for a destination wedding is perhaps the toughest task as a guest. But before you experience a minor meltdown, here’s a list of solutions for possible gifting dilemmas surrounding a destination wedding.

Cash it

Most are familiar with the sight of a ‘good wishes’ envelope (read: cash). But after demonetisation, the country is embracing other modes of cash transfer since carrying large amounts of cash to a foreign locale isn’t advisable. “Vouchers work well in scenarios where carrying physical gifts is a challenge. Also, it allows couples to choose their wedding gift,” opines Aradhika S Mehta, Head-Marketing, The Body Shop India.

Registry in sight

Most couples, who opt for destination weddings, sign up for registries too. This not only addresses the transportation dilemma, but it also pleases the couple, as they receive a gift that’s on their wish list. For couples who haven’t registered, study their likes and dislikes before you make a purchase, and have it delivered to their residence.

Go digital

For those who want to keep pace with the changing times, going virtual is a great option. “We are moving towards a digital age and it’s only wise to pioneer new ideas and concepts. Make a video relay of the wedding or compile a trail of video messages from guests and family. There is a whole new world out there to be explored,” shares Sandy Khurana, Founder, The Entertainment Design Co.

No gift? No problem!

While some weddings cover travel-related expenses, others might require that guests make their own arrangements. In case of the latter, your presence—minus gift—is acceptable. Wedding planner Vithika Agarwal of Divya Vithika Wedding Planners believes, “It is your choice because you have been invited to celebrate along with the couple. Ultimately, it depends on your relationship and rapport with the couple.

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Do they prefer bars or truffles? Though not necessary, these are the questions that should be considered. Both creative and functional, gifts have begun to showcase a new possibility— the all-important ‘personalised’ touch. What this means is that it was made for you!

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