How do You Show Support When You Can’t Attend the Wedding?

Published: 23rd June 2010
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Being invited for weddings is wonderful, but at times you'll find that you won't be able to be the guest in a wedding due to some unexpected concerns. It maybe you have a sick parent or maybe a previously scheduled engagement that you cannot cancel. However, if you're a close friend of the couple and you are not able to make it to the wedding, it will be proper for you to send a wedding present to the couple so that you can still be at the wedding in spirit.

Still, one query remains, what is the right wedding gift to give if you are unable to make it to the wedding? This is a common ponderance and it is definitively the invited person's choice if he or she would want to offer a present or not. If you can't make it to the occasion, you have your options open - whether you will buy a gift or not.

The most suitable gift that applies rests on the individual relationships. If you are a family member of the one of the soon-to-be-spouses and you expect to be unable to attend, then you really should send a gift to compensate for the lack of your presence. On the other hand, if you are not very close to the couple, you can just answer the invite and let them know about the fact that you'll have to miss the festivities.

The most important thing to consider is to let the couple know that you can't attend the wedding, and to offer a believable reason. It is critical to have a legitimate excuse for missing the biggest happening in a person's life.

This is why, while inviting, people always put RSVP on their invitation. This is a proper French expression, asking people to reply to the invitation as soon as possible and inform the happy pair if they will be able to come or not.

As far as the wedding gift goes, in some cases folks also offer gift coupons to the lucky couple so that they can celebrate their nuptials at a desired place, often a spa or a hotel.

Also, if you are not able to attend the big day, you may look into making a video message to give all of your wishes to the couple, and include the reason why you had to miss the big occasion. Most likely it will be very appreciated by the pair and they certainly will remember such a thoughtful gesture.

In case you prefer to send a standard card to the newlyweds, just take time writing, to ensure that the note you write is honest and warm. To try something "louder", you can employ a local band and have them perform your message like a singing telegram to stand out and be remembered. It's a little thing you can do to embellish their grand moment as well, and you'll reserve a spot in their hearts. You can also give traditional wedding gifts.

Of course you'll offer a valid reason for missing such an important event. The most important thing is that you do what you can to ensure the couple knows you send your best wishes and support. You might opt for gift coupons, greeting cards, or singing messages, but the basic thing is just letting them know that you will not be able to attend the wedding, and why.

Criss White is a professional author on an abundance of subjects, including bridal showers, wedding gift ideas, and family topics and has written insightful articles for various websites. Note: You may reprint this article on your website, blog, or in your newsletter as long as the credits and resource box remain unchanged and the hyperlinks are functional.

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