Wedding Season: Gifts, Stress, Etiquette & More!

Spring is in the air & wedding season is upon us. And the Royals are no exception! For most, this is an exciting time. But for some, it’s also a stressful time because of all the money. Even if you’re just a guest, weddings can tally in the hundreds, if not thousands for some guests.

Our team here at conducted a very important study on gift giving and we found some interesting results!

A not-so-surprising finding: Canadians say the most stressful part of attending a wedding is the expense (31%), finding the right gift (20%), and finding the right outfit (26% for women, 13% for men).

Another interesting find was that Canadians spend the most on wedding gifts at an average of $145, up from $120 in 2017. What’s also interesting, is that only 20% said they are most likely to give a luxury wedding gift, and more than half of Canadians surveyed, 52%, think it’s appropriate to give gift cards as a wedding gift while 65% said they would appreciate receiving a gift card as a wedding gift. Guess what? Rakuten has a Gift Card Shop perfect for every occasion.

So, what does this all mean? It means you can rest easy, wedding warriors, because Rakuten is here to help you save with all your shopping needs, and from the comfort of your home. Some stress can be reduced by shopping for your outfit, your gift, and more all while getting Cash Back.

Most couples register at Hudson’s Bay, Bed Bath and Beyond, and even Amazon. The good news is that you can get Cash Back for buying their gifts online while ensuring you’re getting the couple exactly what they want.

Meanwhile, brides and grooms-to-be can save on their wedding by shopping through Rakuten. Chapter’s Indigo also has a little wedding shop online where planners and guests can get amazing things for the big day! Need to get those Jimmy Choos for the big day? No problem. Invitations and other printed stuff? Try Minted. One-of-a-kind, handmade, or vintage? Shop Etsy. Want to create the perfect wedding hub website? GoDaddy has you covered!

The upcoming Royal Wedding on May 19 between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has caught the attention of Canadians. Sixty-three percent said yes or maybe, they will be/are following the Royal nuptial news. And 100% of employees at Rakuten are following our very own social media marketing manager, Melissa Lessard, is getting married and we couldn’t be more thrilled! From gift registries, to bridal showers, and everything in between, we’ve been following along with all the nail-biting excitement.

To all the brides and to all the grooms getting married in 2018, congratulations from all of us at


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