How Much Money Should You Gift For A Wedding?
Does this question come up quite a bit in your house? Or every time you go to a wedding, do you discuss how much is the proper amount to give for a gift? We recently had this topic come up in my house, so I did some Googling. Here’s what I came up to answer the question, “how much money should you gift for a wedding?”
There is no one answer, as you may have guessed. It depends upon the circumstances, the people and the relationships. However, according to US News & World Report the short answers is: Start with $100 and work up from there. Whew. I can go to bed now. No, wait, there’s more…
Show Me The Money
The average person spends between $50-$100 on a wedding gift, according to an article in Vogue and citing the wedding website Zola. They also offer a really great suggestion for your various relationships, and they are as follows:
- Co-workers or distant relatives: $50-75
- Friends or relatives: $75-$100
- Wedding party: $100-$150
Another factor, I personally think you should consider is where you live. $75 goes a lot further in certain parts of the country. Here is New England, and specifically the Boston area, everything is more expensive. The article also recommends that if everything on the registry is over your budget, you could give the couple a gift card to one of the stores they are registered.
Cash is King
How much money should you gift for a wedding is a very tricky question. Is it for the bridal registry, is it for the wedding day? What I have done recently is buy a gift on the registry and also put some money in a card for the wedding day, or mail it to the couple. Weddings are expensive for everyone; the couple giving the wedding, the wedding party and the guests with their gifts. Do what you feel you can afford and what feels right.
Push comes to shove, everybody loves money and they couple can use it for their honeymoon. According to etiquette queen, Emily Post, cash gifts are perfectly acceptable. And the fact is most millennials are getting married later and already have the swag. They would likely prefer cash. ,