How much do you spend on wedding gifts for friends?

posted 1 year ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: How much do you spend on wedding gifts for friends?
    Less than $100 : (18 votes)
    24 %
    $100-$200 : (36 votes)
    49 %
    $200-$300 : (8 votes)
    11 %
    $300-$400 : (3 votes)
    4 %
    $400-$500 : (5 votes)
    7 %
    $500+ : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Try to estimate the per plate and spend that : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Spend what they spent on your wedding gift : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Don't buy wedding gifts : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    Member
    1725 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    We typically give $300. If they’re super close to us, we go up. This is pretty average for my friend group minus 1 or 2 people based on what we received for our wedding. 

    Post # 3
    Member
    1253 posts
    Bumble bee

    I usually go with $100 per person (so $200 if it’s me and my partner) if it’s money. Anything less feels stingy to me I don’t know why lol.. but of course I’m not going to many weddings so it’s not an issue.

     

    Post # 4
    Member
    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    £50-100, depends on what I can afford at the time, if I’ve travelled and hence had to stay in a hotel they get less because I can afford less. Also it depends if they’ve asked for cash or have a registry. I don’t buy 

    Post # 5
    Member
    13679 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Usually around $200.  If it’s local and we didn’t have to travel, probably more.  All depends on how close we are to the couple, though.  My gifts are almost always monetary and not physical gifts – everyone likes money.  

    Post # 6
    Member
    733 posts
    Busy bee

    Where do you live? This varies a lot by region.

    In my area, $100-$150 per person is standard. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    1515 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

    Depends on the friend.  If they’re dear friends, I’m usually in the $200-300 range.  If they’re below that, I usually go with $50-100.  Also depends on if they have a registry and what’s on it.

    Post # 8
    Member
    3535 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    goldenbrown :  we give $200 ($100/person). not sure which option to choose in your poll….

    Post # 9
    Member
    1058 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    It really depends on how close of friends we are, and how our finances are. Last year we went to the wedding of a friend of my SO, they weren’t super close, and we gave them $150. We’d probably do $200-$300 for a friend we were relatively close with. My best friend, I’d probably go up to maybe $500 for her, possibly more, but he is also good friends with her SO.

    Post # 10
    Member
    62 posts
    Worker bee

    I have to wonder where everyone here lives. I feel $150 for 2 people is WAY too little. I say bare minimum for a couple is $200, but I personally feel really cheap gifting less than $300 (so $/150 per person) and that is how much I give at any wedding I attend. I give $400-$500 for closer friends or immediate family.

    Post # 11
    Member
    1979 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

    Seeing this I think that in the UK we tend to give less on average than in the US. We earn decent money but wouldn’t give more than £200 ($250) as a couple and I would be really surprised if friends gave us more than this. 

    Post # 12
    Member
    5109 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2014

    The last friend wedding we bought a registry gift for about $150. My mother was aghast that we would spend so much on a gift, weddings in my family typically involve gifts of about $25. 

    Post # 14
    Member
    2056 posts
    Buzzing bee

    We usually give $100 total or a gift around that amount.  Around $50-$100 in gift value was pretty average for what I received for my wedding. I’m in the Pacific Northwest.  I don’t think any couple gave us a gift or cash exceeding $150.

    Post # 15
    Member
    733 posts
    Busy bee

    goldenbrown :  In that case I would give what you’re comfortable with/able to afford. If these couples gave you wedding gifts, I would give something similar to what they gave you – unless you’re in a much different financial situation than they are.

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