Celebrity weddings rarely last and the latest attempt has come to an abrupt end. It is sad to say that Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from her husband, Kris Humphries, after only 72 days of marriage. With a wedding that was reported to cost $10 million and had a two-night cable special, it has lead many people to wonder if this was a charade for ratings and money. Whether it was or not, 72 days of marriage is not a long time and it leads to another question. What happens to the wedding gifts?
Many guests will feel upset or cheated if the gifts are not returned because they spent their hard earned money to buy the gift and the wedding was short-lived. Common etiquette says that any wedding gifts should be returned if the wedding is called off prior to the ceremony or if the marriage ends shortly thereafter. There are a few situations to deal with. All unused gifts should be returned. Any gifts that were monogrammed or personalized should not be returned because it is almost impossible for the giver to return them. Also, used gifts like bedding should not be returned. Common etiquette says in the case of a nonreturnable gift, it is proper to ask the giver if they would like the item back or offer to reimburse them for the cost. With any gift that is returned, a note should be enclosed thanking the person for their generosity but they regretfully cannot keep it because the marriage did not work out.
Kim Kardashian has announced that she will not be returning the gifts because they were given out of love. However, she has offered to make a $200k donation to her favorite charity. So now she gets to keep the gifts and receives a tax write-off. Apparently celebrity weddings end better as well.