It looks like the times are changing — and so are etiquette rules.
You may have heard, from family or friends over the years, that you have up to one year after the wedding to send newlyweds a gift, but experts are now saying that guideline is no longer relevant in today's modern world.
Though there isn't a clearcut deadline regarding wedding gifts, etiquette expert Thomas Farley made it clear on the that waiting longer than two months to send a present to a couple after their wedding is not appropriate. Wedding guests are now expected to send presents to newly married couples no later than one month after the wedding, according to Farley.
"Don't think that you have a year to give a gift," Thomas said. "Are you waiting until the couple is getting a divorce? What's going on? You wouldn't give a birthday present and say here it is, a year later," he said.
Amber Harrison, a style and trend expert at , recently shared similar recommendations to . "For example, it is totally possible that the couple might be making a big cross-country move or welcoming a new baby one year after the wedding, in which case receiving a wedding gift might feel out of place," she explained.
According to these experts, guests can offer presents anytime before the wedding, bring them to the wedding reception or send them up to one month after the wedding. On the flip side, they say couples have a three-month window to send thank-you cards to the gift-givers.
On the other hand, Peggy Post, a fellow etiquette expert and director of the "Emily Post Institute," gives guests a little more leeway. "Although 'better late than never' still holds true, it's a myth that you have a year," she told . "Within three months is ideal. Gift giving is a happy tradition that rides the wave of the wedding excitement. Whatever you send is better sent sooner rather than later."
If you're looking for the most up-to-date wedding gift guidelines, check out to figure out just how much you should spend on the bride and groom.