By Sigrun WinklerOn Apr 22, 2018 Invitation
This might sound like a rude or up-front question, but it is important because traditionally gifts were at the centre of the shower: they were basically the point of the thing! Friends and family would bring presents to help support the family as they welcomed a new child, providing much of the ‘stuff’ that babies need. Nowadays, many parents are in their thirties, mid-career and more stable than in the past, and so may not need a haul of baby things. Those in this situation might opt for a wishing well (cash gifts), a donation to charity in lieu of gifts, or ask for no gifts at all. Alternatively, many people do want or need gifts but would prefer to have a registry to ensure they get things they will use. Any of these options are fine, and as long as you are polite it is completely acceptable to let your guests know what your preference is.
Don’t send baby shower invitations out too early or too late. Avoid sending out invitations extremely early so people don’t forget that you are having a baby shower. You should also avoid sending out invitations too late so people have enough time to make travel arrangements and find a baby shower gift.
Make sure guests RSVP with the hostess. If you are hosting the baby shower, make sure that your return address labels list your address since you’ll be keeping track of the guest list. Alternatively, make sure your contact number is listed as the RSVP number on the baby shower invitation. You can use our article on how to address baby shower invitations to answer all of your questions on addressing, titles, and more.
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