- On Average, wedding guests allot $US128 for a wedding gift, according to NerdWallet.
- Amy Zawacki, owner of Wedding Chicks, told INSIDER $US100 is a reasonable amount.
- However, Janessa White of Simply Eloped said you should consider your relationship with the couple, how much you’re already spending on the wedding, and your own financial situation.
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However, weddings can also be expensive for the guests. In fact, 33% of people have skipped weddings entirely because they could not afford the expenses, according to NerdWallet. After buying an outfit and travelling to the location, wedding guests still need to spend extra cash on the gift.
NerdWallet found that people typically set a $US128 budget for a wedding gift in the US, while millennials tend to allot a bit more, budgeting $US151 for the couple.
Amy Zawacki, co-founder of Wedding Chicks, told INSIDER that $US100 is an appropriate amount for a wedding gift.
“The average wedding gift from friends or family members is usually around $US100,” Zawacki said. “Close friends and family members tend to spend about $US150.”
Jung Lee, wedding event strategist at Slowdance, however, said there is no one set dollar amount for a wedding gift. She said there are many variables to consider when deciding how much to spend. Lee said you should take into account your relationship with the couple, how much you’re already spending on the wedding, and your own financial situation.
“Usually close friends and family members will be able to and really want to give a larger gift, [something] that will be truly memorable and last the couple their lifetime,” Lee told INSIDER.
Janessa White of Simply Eloped agreed with Lee.
“If you are already spending a lot of money to get to the wedding, like in the case of a destination wedding, you shouldn’t feel like you need to spend a bunch of money on your gift,” White told INSIDER. “If all other parts of the wedding are minimal costs and you want to spend a good chunk of money on a gift – and you can afford to do so – by all means go for it.”
But White said if you’re really at a loss with how much to spend, you should just look to the couple for guidance.
“Couples should set the expectations for gifts right away,” she said. “If the couple is open to receiving gifts, they should register. This way people have options and can make sure they are giving a gift that the couple actually wants or needs.”
Finally, there’s one wedding gift notion Zawacki advises against altogether: Some wedding goers subscribe to the idea that you should buy a gift that is equivalent to the cost of your meal at the wedding.
“Weddings shouldn’t be viewed as a dollar-for-dollar transaction,” she said. “It feels way better to a gift because you love the couple than to feel like you’re expected to cover your cost-per-head. Couples want guests to come to witness their love, have all the feelings, eat, drink, party and leave with the most fun memories.”
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