(Closed) How much do you typically spend when buying a wedding gift?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: How much do you typically spend when buying a wedding gift?
    $25-$50 : (26 votes)
    20 %
    $50-$100 : (57 votes)
    43 %
    >$100 : (50 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 3
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    88 posts
    Worker bee

    I usually give something right around the $100 mark, but that depends on who the person is & how close I am to them.

    Post # 4
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    72 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    The amount I spend depends on if I traveled and how close I am to the couple.  I give at least $50 but have given up $150.

    Post # 5
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    2205 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I usually spend about $50, depending on how close the person is.  If it’s a friend, I’ll spend that much, but also give lingerie or another girly gift. 

    It probably depends on where you and where the couple are in life (as far as having money to spend!)

    Post # 6
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    160 posts
    Blushing bee

    Ive been in most of the weddings ive been too… So I have spent less (around $30) because I was spending alot of money on other items (dress, shoes, travel, etc.) I also think it depends how much the couple already has. If they are just starting off and have NOTHING then maybe i’ll chip in for a little extra something 🙂

    Post # 7
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    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    If I am buying for just me, around $50. If I am bringing a date, around $100.

    Post # 8
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    2022 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think it depends on the region and how nice the wedding is.  I usually give 150-200.  If I go solo or if it is not a good friend, 100. 

    Post # 9
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    68 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2007 - Restaurant in Burlington

    one of the things i struggle with is how much to give as a couple.  do you give $50-$100 each?  because $200 seems like a lot for us.  all of the weddings we’ve been to in the last 2 years have been mr. onion’s cousins…so they are all family.  this is a difficult thing for sure. 

    Post # 10
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    497 posts
    Helper bee

    I was absolutely amazed at how generously people gave at our wedding.  It was a reminder to me to give what we can to the couple based on where we currently are in our lives.  So for now, we will continue to give $100+ but someday, I hope to give much more than that.

    Post # 11
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    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    Depends on how close the friend is, but usually $100-200 since I’ve been working. I gave around $50-100 when I was a student.

    Post # 12
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    538 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I usually spend at least $100.00. Weddings are expensive in New England, Bosotn weddings are upwards of $40,000.00, so I think guests tend to be more generous. I think it also has to do with the cost of living. If you live in an area where you don’t make/need as much, I think $100.00 would be a lot.

    Post # 13
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    228 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I usually spend around 80 to 100 I will go lower if I spent a lot to travel and stay near the wedding. That is more then fair, if it is close family like my brothers or something I spend around 100. 

    Post # 14
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    117 posts
    Blushing bee

    I always try to cover the cost of my plate and then some.  It also depends on how close I am to the couple.  If I’m not that close I’ll give $100 but if it’s a family member or close friend I’ll give more.

    I do think that this is a cultural and reginal thing.  In my culture, large wedding gifts are the norm and it’s not uncommon to give a couple hundred to someone who’s not even a close friend or family member.   

    Post # 15
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    71 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2008

    typically around $50, with some variability. for me it depends on the person and our relationship. if it is someone i know well and am close to, i will spend a little more.

    Post # 16
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I always try to buy registry items when they are on sale, so generally I spend $100-120 and they get something worth $120-150 (from both FH and I).  I don’t base my decision on cost per plate, because I never understood why my friend with an expensive wedding should get a better gift than my friend with a simple wedding! 

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