English Wedding Gifts

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English Wedding Gifts
English wedding gift registries are a fairly new concept. (bride image by cherie from Fotolia.com)

While purchasing an English wedding gift is much the same as any wedding present, certain traditions and superstitions need to be kept in mind. Observing these traditions will show the happy couple you have put time and thought into buying them the perfect gift.


A bridal shower is not a typical English wedding custom and most gifts are brought by the guests to the wedding reception. Another tradition is the opening of the gifts, which is usually done when the couple returns from their honeymoon. Close family and friends may be invited to watch the presents being opened while looking at the couple's wedding pictures.


English wedding gifts traditionally tend to be something for the home. Items such as toasters, towels and kitchen accessories are popular. Couples who have lived together before getting married may request money rather then gifts to put toward a larger item they need. In a bid to avoid gift repetition, gift registries have become more popular recently.

Fun Facts

English wedding superstition warns against buying knives as a wedding gift because it is bad luck for the couple. This applies to can openers and anything else that has a blade, according to the Martha Stewart Wedding website. Couples who request knives on their registry can work around this by paying the person buying the gift a penny.

English Wedding Gifts
Buying knives as a wedding gift is not recommended. (knife block image by Andrew Gentry from Fotolia.com)

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