Receiving money as a gift...
Posted 15 May 2009 - 07:46 PM
Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:17 PM
I wouldfor sure send them a thank you note. was it a large amount? I think if it was a big chunk if change that it would be ok to say thanks for contributing to our marriage, and leave it ambiguous at that.
then spend it on what you need to, for the wedding or honeymoon or whatever.
later if you are asked what it was used for you can say saving for honeymoon expenses, I mean it's all relative whether you spend it now or later, it's the same money, kwim?
Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:40 PM
You are absolutely not obligated to say what you're using it for. As long as you say thank you, you're fine
Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:55 PM
not to sound ungrateful, but it was $50. I guess I was expecting a little more but that's ok, it all helps in the end. I'll for sure send a thank you card!
Posted 15 May 2009 - 09:07 PM
Posted 15 May 2009 - 09:26 PM
Posted 15 May 2009 - 09:44 PM
Posted 16 May 2009 - 09:16 PM
I definitely don't think you need to explain what you did with a cash gift that was smaller (ie. $50, although I agree that everything helps!), OR one that was larger but comes later (close to or after the wedding) - (although, if you ended up buying something before you send thank you cards out - an excursion, a lawn mower, whatever, you could mention it in the thank you card).
It might be nice to mention what the money will go toward, no matter the gift (ie.. a downpayment, a new vehicle, a lawn mower haha), however the only time I think you really should give an explanation might be when a close family member gives you a considerable sum as a gift "to help with the wedding".. I might be wrong about this, but in this instance I would probably let them know that they helped to buy 'the beautiful flowers', or 'the dress' or whatever, just to show gratitude, and help make them feel like they were an important part of 'the day' coming together.
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