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By Taylor Lea Thomas

Question:

I have a friend in NYC. She’s having her bachelorette party in Miami and her wedding in Turks. Do I still give a gift?

Taylor’s Answer:

The simple answer is no. Your presence is the present. However, your friend may not see it that way. If you are being invited to a destination wedding, odds are the couple considers you to be a close friend. Although destination weddings are notoriously expensive for guests traveling to the destination due to all of the costs associated with doing so, it’s also costly and time consuming for the couple too. When they made the decision as a couple to have a destination wedding, they did so knowing that not everyone they’d ideally like to be there will be able to attend because of the cost, scheduling conflicts, etc.  While you are not obligated to give a gift, it would be nice if you did, and here’s a few reasons why, as well some alternative gift options:

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