(Closed) How much do you usually spend on a wedding gift?

posted 11 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: How much do you spend on a gift when you attend a wedding?

    $0-25 per person attending

    $25-50 per person attending

    $50+ per person attending


  • Post # 92
    335 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2021

    Depends on the person getting married (how close we are to them) and the location of the event.  If it is a really high end location than we typically give more to cover the estimated expense of our two dinners/beverages. 

    Post # 93
    6 posts
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Gosh this subject is a good Q and many good posts. It really does depend on the factors of how close you are to couple, the type of wedding, and how much the attending person(s) can afford.

    My standard is at least $50/pp for a simple reception with food & drink. If wedding is held at a hotel or a more ‘pricey’ venue then it’s at least $100/pp. But after getting married and taking a look back at my list of gifts from attendees..I spent quite a bit of $$$ to throw a beautiful wedding at a luxury 5 star hotel and a small handful attendees gifted us little to nothing. Now, those ppl will soon marry..do i gift them back the same way they did for us?? (i.e. no card, no gifts) And I know for a fact that these ‘stingy’ ppl have great jobs and some even have inheritance $$ so there is no way they couldn’t even afford a simple hallmark card.

    Post # 94
    994 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I am a broke college student and I usually give 50 for a close friend and 25 for an aquaintance whether its just me or me and Fiance because that’s all we have.

    Post # 95
    116 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    It depends on how well we know the couple and what our financial situation is at that point.  For close friends and family, we’ll spend over $100 easy as a couple.

    Post # 96
    59 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We go for $35-50/person if we’re attending, and $50 total if we’re not. If it’s a particularly good friend, we’ll up the amount. To a certain extent, it depends on how far we’re travelling (i.e., expensive flight = less-expensive wedding present, but long and thoughtful card!).

    Post # 97
    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’ve never thought about giving an amount “per person.” I usually just spend around $50 per couple. I imagine this will increase as I get older (I’m still a student on a fixed income). It doesn’t really make sense to spend “per person” when you consider a family of four (i.e. mom, dad, and children) because the children aren’t making the money to purchase the gift. If you were going to count per person in that case, I would only count the adult couple.

    ETA: This may increase or decrease based on how well I know the couple/ what’s on their registry.

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