How to Give Cash as a Wedding Gift

Q:

If you give money as a gift at a wedding, to whom should the check be made out? Bride and/or groom? Married names or names before marriage?

A:

The basic rule of thumb is that before the wedding, you should make the check out to the bride or groom, depending on who you're closer to (if it's the bride, use her maiden name in case she hasn't changed it yet or isn't going to!), and send it to him or her. If it's the wedding day or later, make the check payable to both bride and groom (using married names unless the bride is keeping her own name). If you know the couple prefers money over a traditional gift, check their wedding website—it's possible they've set up a cash registry with us called The Newlywed Fund, where you can choose a gift that's personal and meaningful to both the couple and you. So before you get out your checkbook, check their wedding website, where this information is likely will be found.


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