Post # 1
So, between my wedding in August, being a bridesmaid in October and an another wedding in November my wallet is totally tapped out.
Anways, I just wanted to get everyone’s input on a wedding gift. For the wedding in October they are registered but at most receptions I’ve been to people also give a cash gift (usually the price per plate). Would I look cheap if I just give a gift off their wedding registry? Or should I give a cash gift at the reception as well since I’m party of the bridal party?
Post # 3
@PinkPandaBear: I have typically seen most of the registry gifts being given at the bridal shower or engagement party etc. At least for most of the weddings I’ve been to cash was the primary gift at the wedding. I think either or would be great! I definitely don’t think you need to do both.
Post # 4
usually when I am in a wedding, I make them something.
I know that may seem cheap, but for my 2 best friends I painted wine glasses for them ( a whole set of 6) and my other friend made a quilt for the happy couple. I think if they are close to you and know how much money you spent BEING in their wedding, they don’t expect a gift.
Post # 5
@PinkPandaBear: gifts over money. If they want to return it they can. I think a gift is always more classier than cash, plus you can use a coupon and get it discounted…
Post # 6
I’ve always seen the opposite. I think most people here give gifts from the registry and not cash. It seems a bit more personal in some way to me too! I don’t think it’s cheap at all.
It sounds like you are thinking of getting a gift off the registry AND giving cash… I don’t think that’s necessary; it’s like giving two gifts.
Post # 7
I guess it depends on where you are from and what you would normally expect – i would give cash
Post # 8
I hate giving people money, EVER so I’ll be buying my cousin a gift from their registry for his wedding thats 2 weeks before mine (I still plan to spend about $150), I think its a good way to save… or just save the card they give you for your wedding and give the exact amount back?
Post # 9
In my family, it’s gifts for both shower and wedding. I just give a bigger/nicer/more expensive gift for the wedding but it’s always from the registry.
Post # 10
Have you thought about doing one larger gift from the wedding party? For our friend’s wedding, we pooled money together (with another couple of friends) to get them a southwest gift card. Their families live in a different state so the card went to good use to book flights.
Post # 11
Many people give gift cards or cash at the wedding just because it’s simplier. Nothing to wrap, and if there is travel involved for the couple or the guests, nothing big to transport. If you can get the gift easily to the couple and they aren’t moving soon, I would say to go with a gift. Like PPs said, you can find something on sale, so you can get a nicer gift without spending a ton of money.
Another thing to think about is if you get rewards with your credit card. I’ve ordered GCs where a couple is registered using my rewards points before, I can even get a VISA GC with my points.