I have been invited to a civil ceremony and reception and I have left the gift buying to the last minute! There's only a week to the wedding and I am thinking of bringing the gift to the ceremony and reception itself. Is this ok? I have read that gifts can be given anytime once the engagement is announced and even a year after the wedding but I am keen to give it to them before the wedding day. I read an article saying that one should avoid bringing the gift to the reception itself as it 'burdens' someone having to take care of it at the wedding. Please advise! btw, I'm in the UK, although I doubt it would be very much different from the US or elsewhere..