Q: A friend’s mother is giving me a Tea for my wedding. What should occur at the tea and should I give the host of the tea a gift?
A: A bridal tea is simply a nice time for the bride to be together with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere. No gifts are given to the bride, but the bride does give a small hostess gift to the hostess for having the tea in her honor. This can be a pretty flowering plant, or flowers sent ahead so they can be used as a decoration, or a personal or even household item. Not a big gift, but a token of appreciation. A follow-up thank-you note is appropriate, as well.