Lynnie
Administrator October 2016 North Carolina

How much do you spend on a wedding gift?

Lynnie, on 12/October/2017 at 13:05 Posted in WeddingWire

As a wedding guest, how much do you typically spend on a wedding gift?

Does it change if you are in the wedding party, if they are close friends, if it's a destination wedding, or if it's a super fancy wedding?

Do you usually buy a gift off of their registry, or gift them cash? I'm curious!

How much do you spend on a wedding gift? 1

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  • E
    Newbie July 2019 British Columbia
    Erin ·
    Close family/super close friend $250Family/ Friend $100
    Destination wedding $50
  • Vallyfields
    Curious bride August 2019 Ontario
    Vallyfields ·

    It definitely depends on my relationship with the couple, the variety of their registry (if they have one and if there's something in my price range), my current financial situation and any other expenses surrounding the event (do I have to shell out a chunk to get there, or is it close).

  • Lisa
    VIP bride May 2018 Ontario
    Lisa ·
    I think there are a variety of things to look at when deciding. If it's a more formal event with dinner and open bar, then the minimum I would give is $150 per person at least to cover the plate. Then (depending on affordability) I will try to give a bit more so the bride and groom have a bit of an additional gift. Especially if I'm very close to the couple. I feel it's unrealistic to assume that most formal weddings are any less than that. If I get invited to wedding where there is no dinner and just cocktail receptions and cash bar , then I would only do $50 -$100.
  • Ashley
    Frequent user bride August 2018 Ontario
    Ashley ·
    Usually we will give $100 to the couple. I didn't realize weddings were this expensive, now we will likely give more in the future. Haha.
  • Daphne
    Expert bride July 2017 British Columbia
    Daphne ·

    It depends on my relationship with the person. Family, about $150 per person (so $300 if both hubby and I go). A close friend, $100 per person. All other friends, $50-75 per person.

    BUT it really depends on how much you want, and can, contribute. Anything is always appreciated. They invited you because they want to share their day with you, not because they want you to bankroll their wedding (and if they do, they're not a friend IMO).

  • Andrea
    Devoted bride September 2017 Ontario
    Andrea ·

    It depends on how close I am with the person, but generally speaking, I aim to match what I think the meal would cost for myself and my husband attending the wedding.

  • Maegan
    Devoted bride July 2018 British Columbia
    Maegan ·
    Im typically a $50 cash gift kinda person. That being said most weddings i have attended recently have been out of town and it has cost me a couple hundred dollars between time of work, gas, hotel, ferry expenses, etc to attend. When you add it all up i just cant afford to give any more than that as a gift when you have multiple weddings to go to in a year.
  • Alanah
    Frequent user bride July 2018 British Columbia
    Alanah ·
    I've never actually bought a wedding gift as I've only attended weddings as a kid but I don't expect my guests to spend any more than $50. I don't really care to get gifts though Ive met people who expect at least $100 per gift.
  • Ashley
    Featured June 2018 Alberta
    Ashley ·

    I would usually go about 100 or so. Unless the couple says they only want money. In which case I give a little more.

  • Lesley
    Super bride September 2017 Manitoba
    Lesley ·

    It depends on how close I am to the person and what I can afford. The last wedding I was a guest at I made an afghan because I knew they would appreciate it and I really couldn't afford much else. I would generally say between $60-100

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