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Do you always have to buy a wedding gift?

Most people will tell you getting a wedding gift for a blissful new couple is a must. But in a world of expensive bachelorette/bachelor parties, extravagant engagement parties and destination weddings, some wedding guests argue their presence at a wedding is a gift in and of itself. Traditionalists say wedding gifts are proper etiquette, but some are pushing back by closing their wallets. What do you think?

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According to the Spruce, the answer is simple: yes, you have to get a wedding gift. No matter the circumstances, a wedding gift is something you can do to actually help the new couple start their life together, rather than simply celebrate their marriage. Per the Spruce's Nina Callaway, there's really no getting out of it: 

The truth is that a wedding invitation is completely separate from a wedding gift. In fact, a wedding gift is a token of your affection for the happy new couple—nothing more and nothing less. Usually, wedding gifts are sent as soon as the invitation is received, rather than brought to the wedding. Even if you have already given a shower present or engagement gift, traditionally it is a good practice to give a wedding gift as well.
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But Bustle's Allison McCarthy is a little more realistic, acknowledging that life happens and budgets exist. McCarthy suggests a number of instances where buying a wedding gift is not quite necessary, such as destination weddings: 

The price for each guest is often an incredibly expensive proposition. Costs include (but are certainly not limited to): transportation to and from the location of the destination wedding, transportation for the guest once they've arrived at the destination, lodging, meals, and time off from work. The idea of sacrificing personal leave hours can often burn guests the hardest....
Given the high cost and personal sacrifices required to attend a destination wedding, your presence alone should be enough of a gift.
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The team at Real Simple agrees gifts are necessary no matter the circumstances. Even if you can't afford anything on the couple's registry, you're still not off the hook for getting a gift you can afford: 

Don’t feel obligated to buy from the list. Instead, give a meaningful gift within your budget. 

Want to save up to buy something special for the couple? No problem. You can send a wedding gift up to one year after the wedding: 

Gifts should really be shipped to the couple’s home about two weeks before the wedding, Smith says. However, it’s considered acceptable to send a gift up to one year after the wedding.
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But according to Glamour's Meredith Bodgas, etiquette rules say you actually are only required to get a gift for the wedding shower, rather than the wedding itself: 

If we're being really technical, then etiquette says (or at least at one point said!) that you don't actually have to give wedding gifts (only shower gifts).

We'll go with it!

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