Well said, Veruka. I hate it when people tell me how much each meal costs at their wedding... I know that the hint is that I should give at least that much for each person attending their wedding.Originally Posted by Veruka;3016715;
My parents actually didn't even want me to have a bridal shower because their feeling was my friends are already giving us gifts for our wedding...why are they giving me MORE gifts (when I don't even need anything). I saw their point. My friends still threw me a shower, but I asked everyone to keep it to under $10 and registered for things like potato peelers and meat thermometers and other cooking doodads that I didn't have. It was fun! And I now have things like spatulas! (I've never been much of a cook--can you tell?!) I asked my family not to give me any gifts at the shower 'cause I knew they would give me a lot and didn't want anyone else to feel uncomfortable.
For guests flying in for our wedding, we told them that them spending all that money on airfare and hotel rooms (that's hundreds of dollars!) was more than enough and to please not bother with gifts. Some did, some didn't.
ETA: p.s. I love and use that meat thermometer at least once a week. That expensive fancy bowl that I never wanted that someone gave us is sitting in the pantry never being used...It was a nice thought, but I'm so not an expensive fancy bowl person...