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As your wedding planning progresses, you may hear some horror stories from friends or relatives about wedding gift theft. It’s hard to imagine such a crime on one of the happiest days of your life, but it does happen. Couples should think twice about where they collect and store wedding gifts during the reception and after. However, no one wants to be rude about keeping gifts secure.

How to keep your gifts safe from Invitations by Dawn

You can follow proper wedding gift etiquette while keeping your gifts safe. Here are some ways to do just that…

• Ask that gifts be sent to your home prior to the wedding instead of guests bringing them to the reception. Online registries make this option very easy and convenient. Many online retailers now offer giftwrapping and personalized messages for online purchases, so a gift can be sent straight to the recipient.

• Place your gift table far from the exit as an added precaution against stealing. An even better idea is to have the gift table in a secure room, or have it moved to a secure room, that can be locked later in the evening.

• Provide an emergency kit at the gift table. It should include tape for securing cards to packages or repairing torn giftwrap. It should also include a pen, extra boxes and packing material for transporting fragile gifts.

• Ask a friend or relative to be your gift table attendant and to keep an eye on the gifts and cards. Also ask this person to watch for strange guests who might be wedding crashers. They should report suspicious guests to someone specific, such as the day-of coordinator.

• If you are having a large wedding (more than 300 people), consider hiring one or two security guards.

• Consider buying wedding insurance. Companies like WedSafe will cover stolen gifts and give you some peace of mind.

• Have gifts taken to a safe location after the reception. If you will be out of town on your honeymoon, consider storing your gifts at the home of a friend or family member.