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Tips and Trends: How Much Money Should You Give as a Wedding Gift?

This is always a tricky topic…what is etiquette when it comes to giving money as a gift at a Baltimore wedding? Many would say, “It’s the thought that counts” but, in all honesty brides and grooms may remember the dollar amount for many years to come.

So, how do you decide? Do you base it on your relationship to the couple? How much money you make? The salary of the couple?

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Your Salary Range (Individual/Family) – At the end of the day you have to give what you and your family can afford. But bear in mind that there is also a perception of what that might be so take a look at some of the other factors to help make this decision. The ‘average’ amount given an a Baltimore wedding according to our survey falls between $150 and $250, but if all you can afford is $50 then don’t stress just give!

What’s your relationship to the Bride or Groom? – Typically if you’re close to the couple you give a little more and while the average is between $150 and $250 many close friends or family members that have the means will give up to $1000.

Are you part of the Bridal Party? – Okay, there are typically two schools of thought when it comes to expectations here. Some brides do not expect a gift from anyone in the bridal party since in many cases bridesmaids might be spending a small fortune on dresses, travel, and hosting pre-wedding festivities. On the flip side, some bridal party members feel as though they want to give an ‘extra nice’ gift since they’re so close to the couple.

Will you be bringing a Guest? – If you’re planning on bringing a guest, a good rule of thumb is to put a little extra in the proverbial envelope.

Did you have to travel? – If you traveled a long way to attend the wedding (or perhaps it’s a destination wedding) a gift is often not expected or at the very least a smaller gift wouldn’t be questioned. The couple will be sensitive to the fact that you’ve made the effort and spent the money to celebrate with them.

How many weddings will you be attending this year? – Don’t forget to take this into consideration. If you’re attending several weddings in one season be sure to budget appropriately. Another tip… most groups with a close-knit entourage tend to give the same amount for each couple that is getting married. Just a tip as you may not want one couple to feel less valued than another.

Cash vs. The Registry – Contributing cash versus using a traditional wedding registry is another great option that allows you to control the amount spent. If you’ve ever been stuck browsing a registry where the only thing left is an overpriced toaster, you can appreciate the convenience that cash provides. But it’s usually a good idea to check the registry to see what’s available.

There you have it. You make the decision based on what works for you and your wallet. When in doubt follow Aesop’s famous words of wisdom: “No act of kindness, however small, is never wasted. “

Discussion

20 Responses to “Tips and Trends: How Much Money Should You Give as a Wedding Gift?”

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    Posted by payday loan rates | May 17, 2012, 7:56 AM
  2. For me, you don’t need to spend a lot on wedding gifts if you really don’t have a big budget. Just be true to yourself, give what you can afford. The important thing is that, you give it whole-heartedly and you put meaning to it.

    Posted by Laura Taylor | June 25, 2012, 12:12 PM
  3. nice

    Posted by tablet | July 11, 2012, 2:11 AM
  4. good

    Posted by Android | July 23, 2012, 5:11 AM
  5. great work.keep it up

    Posted by emon | August 5, 2012, 11:45 AM
  6. It’s not really that difficult to put your money to a wedding. It’s simple. Never exceed your expectations. Just get what you can pay for.

    Posted by Ashley Dixon | February 19, 2013, 9:24 PM
  7. If you can’t afford a gift, a photo of a spontaneous moment of the bride and groom during the wedding, blown up and framed is a great idea if you have an iphone or camera. Make it black and white and find an inexpensive black frame. Personal gifts are always the best

    Posted by elizabeth nordhausen | February 28, 2013, 5:06 AM
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    Posted by weddinggifts | December 19, 2013, 2:25 AM
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    Posted by Tamil Matrimonial | October 31, 2014, 7:47 AM

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