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By TIMES WIRES
Published January 4, 2007


I am invited to a brunch given by neighbors to introduce their recently married daughter and son-in-law. I was not invited to the out-of-town wedding and I have only met the bride once. Does etiquette require I bring a gift for the bride or hostess?

-Charlotte Scott

According to the Emily Post Institute, you don't need to take a wedding gift. Nor do you need to take a hostess gift, since the party is in someone else's honor. If you wish, you could send a small floral arrangement in advance that can be used as decoration for the party, but it is quite acceptable to arrive giftless.

Q. I am invited to a brunch given by neighbors to introduce their recently married daughter and son-in-law. I was not invited to the out-of-town wedding and I have only met the bride once. Does etiquette require I bring a gift for the bride or hostess? Charlotte Scott

A. According to the Emily Post Institute, you don't need to take a wedding gift. Nor do you need to take a hostess gift, since the party is in someone else's honor. If you wish, you could send a small floral arrangement in advance that can be used as decoration for the party, but it is quite acceptable to arrive giftless.

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