How much to spend on DH/DW wedding gift?

posted 3 years ago in Traditions
  • poll: How much is reasonable for a day-of/wedding day gift?
    $0 : (0 votes)
    Up to $50 : (3 votes)
    23 %
    Up to $100 : (2 votes)
    15 %
    Up to $500 : (3 votes)
    23 %
    Up to $1000 : (1 votes)
    8 %
    Up to $5000 : (1 votes)
    8 %
    Whatever the hell they want! : (2 votes)
    15 %
    This is a quasi-tradition I'm not participating in : (1 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    627 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

    I bought FI a Citizen’s watch for a little over $300 and he bought earrings for about the same price. I would’ve been comfortable spending more but it was the one he wanted so it was easy! We spent a little over $1k on the gifts for our moms. 

    Post # 3
    Member
    1049 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I think I would get FI something that he had wanted for a long time and hadn’t been able to justify the cost.

    He is your stereotypical blokey bloke so it will probably be the least romantic thing ever.  Something extra for his car, something for his bike, or a new gun inscribed with a cute message.  I still think any of these things would almost bring a tear to his eye.

    When it’s a bit closer, I will suss out exactly what I think he will love the most and save accordingly.  (I think it’ll be the gun.)  I think there should be no budget, other than what you can afford without going into debt, focusing instead on something which they could never justify buying for themselves, or something they will treasure.  

    I wouldn’t mind if my present was $1000 less than the one I bought him or something if it was super thoughtful.  I definitely believe it’s the thought that counts more than the monetary value.

    Post # 4
    Member
    2578 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I bought DH (LEGO chef) cufflinks, a personalized hankie. I think they totalled around $80. He bought me a bling flask that he had engraved with my new initials, our wedding date and an infinity symbol (kind of our thing). I think it was around $40.

    I wanted to put a beer ‘cake’ (think diaper cake, but cold beers instead) in his suite for after he and the guys had gone golfing on the morning of the wedding, but from what I hear, they partied into the wee hours after our rehearsal dinner… and may have had a few on the course, as well. Oh well, saved me some $, lol.

    Post # 6
    Member
    2578 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Woobee:  I figured it would go over well… that and/or a mini-liquor bottle bouquet. Whatever floats their boat. ;]

    Post # 7
    Member
    8425 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I had a low budget for my wedding gift to my husband (about $50) since I don’t work.  Fortunately, our wedding photography package came with the choice of a bridal or boudoir session, so I was able to include the boudoir photos as part of my gift.  I made him a WoW themed gift with custom cufflinks, socks, emergency kit, etc.  I made all of the labels at home (InDesign), gift boxes, packaging, etc. and he absolutely loved it.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1662 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

    Woobee:  I suggested this to my FI as a wedding gift too!!  I’m really hoping I get it.  He just asked me yesterday how much I’m spending on him and I didn’t want to be honest with him so I said around $3500…I’m getting him a $5500 rolex and I did a budoir photo-shoot and got an album that cost total around $600.  But I’m only spending so much b/c once we have a kid I will most likely no longer be working and I wanted to get him something he will have forever while I can still do so with my own money.  If that makes sense. 

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    9919 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    brighteyedgirl:  OMG this beer cake is brilliant.  I totally want to do this….

    Post # 10
    Member
    610 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

    I bought FI his Up! cufflinks and his grooms cake – not trying to spend too much since we’re going on our honeymoon the day after the wedding. But considering I’ve paid for most of the wedding myself, I think that’s generous enough haha.

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