Nancy MitchellNancy 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: When is the best time to give a Wedding gift?
Nancy Mitchell: You may send or deliver a wedding gift as soon as you receive a wedding invitation. You want to avoid taking a Wedding gift with you to the Wedding ceremony or the reception because it present the burden to either the Wedding planner or the family or one of the bridal attendants to have to keep an eye on gifts and to transport them back.
So, as soon as you receive the invitation you may send it to the brides address or you may sends it to the brides family, if you are close to the groom and his family send it to one of them.
If you are having a shift from a department store or through a bridal registry or through a catalog have it again send to the bride s address or to her family s address and then you will be able to track it.
The very nicest thing to do is to take one in person if you can visit ahead of time and present it in that fashion.