Some people write 'no boxed gifts please' on the invite, but be warned that
a) A lot of people don't know what this means
b) Those who do often get offended by it for reasons mentioned previously
c) It's generally bad manners to give the impression that you expect to be given gifts. An invite is suppsoed to be a request for their company, not an instruction on how to please the newlyweds.
One way around it is to just stickIts not always easy,
To think what to buy,
On this very special occasion,
You don't even have to try,
Something of monetry value,
Or vouchers would be nice,
But most of all we both think,
Your presence will suffice
on the invite and hope they get the hint.
Personally I have always had a problem with the whole wedding present list, I think it is a damn cheek to ask for anything to be honest, it's a gift! If you don't like it well that's sad but the gesture has been made all the same, anybody who invited me to a wedding and provided me with a list of appropriate gifts to choose from would get a toast rack irrespective of whether or not it was mentioned on the list.
I think part of the idea of a wedding list is so that the happy couple don't recieve 25 toast racks.
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