Q: I am getting married in May. I am 25 years old and have not lived at home with my mother for four years. I currently live in a house with my older sister. I know the tradition is that the wedding presents are displayed at the parent of the bride’s house but that seems so silly considering that I haven’t lived there for years, so I am displaying the presents I have received where I currently live. My mom is upset that the presents are not at her house, but it just doesn’t make sense to me to leave them there. What is the correct etiquette on the issue?
A: Traditionally speaking, the wedding gifts are displayed at the parents of the bride’s house, but that is because the wedding gifts were traditionally sent to the bride, who still lived at home with her parents! Today’s brides often live on their own, with roommates, or with their fiance, so it is perfectly acceptable to receive and display, if she so chooses, the gifts in her own home.