Find Out How Much Should You Spend On A Wedding Gift
One of the most popular questions on the subject of wedding etiquette is “How much should you spend on a wedding gift?”. This can be a tricky subject as there is no perfect answer, just a little homework before you decide on an amount.
Sometimes the homework is as simple as using your own feelings as a guide. Ask yourself, “how much do I care for this couple and how much do I want to spend?”. If the answer is very apparent, you will know and be ready to find a wonderful gift. Still not sure? Then let’s move on….
If you can’t go by your gut feeling, then let’s look at some relationships and numbers. This is a good basic guide that will take out most of the homework and let you get busy finding that wedding gift. Numbers can be adjusted according to how well you know the wedding couple.
Wedding Gift Giving Guide
Immediate family and best friends…….$100.-$150.
Close relatives and close friends……$100.
Extended family and acquaintances…….$50-$75
If you have a strict budget, the best bet is to adhere to it, especially if you attend more than one wedding in any given year. Never go into debt to buy a wedding gift. It is not worth it. Always consider your own funds first.
Don’t forget to add the cost of wrapping paper/gift bag/bow and a card to your gift which can be quite pricey.
Not attending the wedding, but would still like to give a gift?
Many people don’t give a gift if they cannot make it to the wedding so don’t worry about spending a lot unless you want to. A small gift and card is perfectly fine and the newlyweds will be happy that you thought of them.