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.
For others attending the wedding, such as friends, co-workers and extended family members, you should generally give an amount that you think is equal to the cost of inviting you to the wedding. For instance, if you think the cost to invite both you and your guest is $100 than this amount is appropriate. If you are able to give this amount plus 25% to 50% more, your gift will be graciously received.
You may think about asking the bride and groom if they are registered at a store, so you can pick out something they actually want, saving them the hassle of making a return after the wedding. Traditionally the couple would register for basics such crystal and glassware. Today couples register for a myriad of items including anything from food processors to camping equipment. A gift should be given from the heart. They may also be brought to the reception. In this case members of the wedding party will be responsible for seeing that the gifts are delivered to the bride and groom.
Gifts of money can be sent to the happy couple as soon as you receive an invitation to their special day. For those giving actual gifts and gifts of money, the rules are usually the same.
In any event a nice card should accompany every gift, whether it be monetary or otherwise. A card can express your thoughts for the happy couple. Never underestimate the power of a great card.
Deciding on a wedding gift does not need to be troublesome. The bride and groom are embarking on a new phase of their lives together. They will be happy with whatever gift you give them.