Wedding Gifts, part 2
Since this is a personal finances blog, I will reveal that we received a little over $1500 in cash gifts from the most recent reception. Of course we did pay $800 in plane tickets to be there, however we were happy to do that regardless. Seeing as how transportation of gifts is difficult, we only received one physical gift! I was surprised no one ordered gifts from the registry and had them sent (that is what I would have done!), but I’m not disappointed. Skimming the list, the least anyone gave was $20 (for a couple) and the most was $150. I think this is all pretty standard for weddings in my family.
We plan to use some of the money as intended, on home items. Here are my top priorities:
- Sheets (probably two sets)
- Towels (probably about 4 more)
- Updated bathroom stuff (6+ year old pink and purple flowers decor probably can go)
- 4 additional sets of dishes (no china, just every day stuff. We got 4 sets from our earlier wedding.)
- Recycling garbage can
- wine glasses (I broke like a million in the last 3 months)
T’s list is the same as mine (except probably the bathroom stuff) but also includes:
- Blu-Ray player
- Eames lounge chair
Unfortunately, I don’t think we are going to his wish list just yet. We’ll probably get everything on mine, but we are waiting for a bigger discount. After you get married both Macy’s and Bed Bath and Beyond will give you 10% off all remaining items, followed a few weeks later by 20% off? Naturally we are waiting for 20% off, particularly for Macy’s (since BB&B has 20% off constantly via coupons).
There also are some miscellaneous small things we may get, but I hope to have some money leftover to convert to euros for our vacation and maybe some to put into savings.
I don’t recall exactly how much we got at our California wedding/ceremony (since there was no “part 1” to this), but I will say that we for sure did not “come out ahead” financially as people are rumored to do. This is obviously fine and was completely expected. Best of all, we are married and we’ll never have to spend money on our wedding again!