While weddings are expensive for the betrothed couple, it’s not exactly easy for the guests’ wallets, either.
As a wedding guest, your attendance can be pretty pricey — how to get to the venue, your attire, and the big question: how much should you spend on a wedding gift?
They say consulting the wedding registry is the best solution. Some couples, however, have more expensive tastes than you. Amidst the world of registries, coupons, and promo codes, it’s only natural to wonder how much you should spend. Fortunately, experts have some advice.
What Studies Say
As you browse through Silsal Design House and see dinner plates and tea sets that cost roughly $50, you think: have I spent enough? A survey from RetailMeNot, the go-to site for coupon needs, reveals that you’re doing just fine.
Their survey reveals that people usually spend between $45 to $195 for a wedding gift. Still, your relationship with the couple determines the spending bracket. The closer your relationship, the more likely it is that you will spend more, which really shouldn't come as a surprise.
The Knot considers $45 as the last leg of wedding gift spending spectrum. In fact, their gifting etiquette rules insist on never spending less than $50.
Do You Give Money Instead?
Some couples, despite their registry, would wish for money instead. A 2015 study confirms this, revealing that millennials preferred cash over appliances, tea sets, or other gifts. Despite the couple’s preferences, wedding guests go the other way around — they’d rather shop for tea cozies and placemats.
Only 31% of wedding guests prefer giving checks or cash as gifts. The remaining 33% said they were willing to buy from the registry.
It’s natural to wonder how much you should spend. But remember: money shouldn’t matter, especially if you are close to the couple. Give a gift that comes from the heart — with or without considering the price tag.