Tips for Properly Handling the Gift Table
Proper etiquette associated with traditional weddings and receptions drives the need for a gift table at the reception. It is proper wedding gift etiquette to send the gifts to the bride's home before the wedding. But, this rule tends to vary regionally. For example, on the East Coast the gift is always sent to the bride's home. But, in the Midwest it is common practice to bring the gift to the reception where the gift is placed with others on a decorated gift table.
Choosing the Right Location
Set up the table in the main reception room. Positioning the table in a distant corner, and away from any exits is preferable. Often, the table is placed near the DJ or the music for the reception. It's harder to walk clear across the dance floor with gifts, than it is to grab one and slip out an exit. Whatever you do, do not place this table in an outer lobby.
For the cards containing gifts of money, include a basket or a box on the table. The best solution for this type of gift is a sealed, decorated box that can be opened only by breaking the seal or a metal, decorative box with a slot on the side for inserting the envelope, and a slotted bottom for removing the cards later.
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