Millions of people each year are invited to weddings and with the wedding ceremonies and receptions increasingly more grandiose, many people are wondering what amount of money to spend on a gift for the bride and groom. There are several factors that should be considered when figuring out how much to spend on a gift. Here are some simple guidelines to follow.

The first rule of thumb when it comes to wedding gifts is definitely what you feel comfortable with spending. With that being said, there are many people that want to make sure they give an amount that is neither too small nor too large. One consideration when choosing what kind of wedding gift to give is the the couple getting married. For first time marriages, they are just starting out and would generally appreciate a monetary gift more than anything else to help pay down their wedding expenses, buying their first home, assist with furnishing an apartment, etc.

For older, more mature couples that are already established, gifts of money are less important and they would be happy either with a monetary gift or with a thoughtful gift.

Obviously one factor when choosing the amount of a wedding gift is how well you know the couple getting married. If you are an immediate family member or a very close friend, a monetary gift of several hundred dollars to thousands of dollars is not uncommon. It is really up to how much you can afford to give. Ultimately the couple is just happy to have those who are close to them in attendance for their special day. Of course some type of gift is common etiquette.