Q: I am recently engaged and have started to receive engagement gifts. I have been immediately sending out thank you notes, but my mother insists that we cannot use the gifts until we are married. We would like to know what the proper etiquette is for gift use. My empire red Kitchen Aid mixer is calling my name!
A: It would be best to wait until after the wedding. The reasoning is in case the engagement is called off, however unlikely, it would be inappropriate to return used gifts.