- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
sarahroby: for gift money, we received:
1500 from DH’s grandmother
100 from my grandmother
25 from my other grandmother
50 from my mom’s coworker
500 from MIL’s boss (who was not invited to the wedding, but gave anyway)
150 from my grandpa and his girlfriend
I think that’s it as far as cash goes. We did receive about $125 in gift cards from DH’s coworkers.
So for cash that’s a total of $2325 (USD). Oh, and about 250 euro from my German cousins, which we spent on our honeymoon. A nice chunk of change, but believe me, it went fast. We spent a lot of DH’s grandmother’s gift on wedding bands (she gave before the wedding, and mine had diamonds in it- ka-ching). For perspective, we had a destination wedding overseas (we sent 60 invitations= 150 people) with 20 people attending. None of our friends gave gifts, since it was a stretch for them to come (we are all in our 20’s).
I would say not to expect too much money. Half of ours came from one person, so if she hadn’t given cash, we wouldn’t have received much. I think most of it actually got used to pay our monthly bills, but we told people that it went to our rennovation projects (I guess theoretically it could have, because if we didn’t use their $100 for it, we used a different $100 later, if you get what I mean).
ETA: my side of the family doesn’t have much money. DH’s side is wealthier, but only a couple of people. I can’t believe how much some people received (10k+)! I was kind of expecting a bit more money, but some people are still sending gifts, and we did get a lot of great items from our registry. Remember to take into account the economical status of your invitees.