Online wedding registries will also give guests a convenient option for delivery: shipping the gift, wrapped, straight to the couple’s home. While it used to be considered a faux pas to show up to a wedding reception empty-handed, sending the couple a gift before or after the wedding is perfectly acceptable today. In fact, some couples prefer it, as shipping gifts prevents theft during the reception, which happens even at the most amazing wedding venues across America. Shipping gifts also saves them the effort of hauling presents home after the night is over. It’s still a kind gesture to bring a card with you to the reception, however.