Am I obligated to select a gift from the bridal couple’s wedding registry?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Etiquette Expert Nancy Mitchell discusses if you are obligated to select a gift from the Bridal couple’s Wedding registry.

    Nancy Mitchell

    Nancy R. Mitchell is an established protocol and etiquette consultant and advisor with more than 30 years of experience in the field. Currently, she is an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University, where she developed and teaches protocol courses to Event Management Certificate Program students in the School of Business and Public Management, and at Stratford University, Falls Church, VA. She serves also as protocol and special events consultant to the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library and cultural center. For 23 years, Mitchell was Director of Special Events and Public Programs at the Library of Congress where she and her staff were responsible for planning and managing over 400 events each year. She coordinated the institution’s major special events, visits of heads of state and other foreign dignitaries, fundraising galas, conferences and meetings. As the Library’s chief protocol advisor, she served as liaison to the White House, U.S Department of State, the Congress, the Supreme Court and other government agencies, foreign embassies, academia and corporations. Mitchell owns The Etiquette Advocate, Inc., a firm providing etiquette and protocol training to corporations, universities, embassies, government agencies, non-profit organizations and individuals. She is the etiquette consultant to Engaged! magazine, has been featured on Good Morning America, Fox 5 News, WTOP Radio and National Public Radio, and is quoted on matters of etiquette and protocol by the New York Times, Washington Business Journal, and the Washington Post. She is a co-owner of the firm, Protocol Partners-Washington Center for Protocol, Inc., and is a member of the Protocol and Diplomacy International Protocol Officers Association and the Women Business Owners of Montgomery Country (MD).

    Host: Am I obligated to select a gift from the Bridal couple s Wedding registry?

    Nancy Mitchell: A registry can be very, very helpful to you when you do need to select to a gift because you are certain of getting something that couple wants in needs. You also know how many products they already have, what colors they need, the size of different linens if that s the case. So, really it can t help you. However, if you are extremely close to the couple and you know something that would be special to them that would make them think of you when they saw if it's not on the registry it's perfectly alright to give that gift.

    Be sincere, give what feels right and don t limit yourself just to get on the registry.