(Closed) How much to spend on groom gift?

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I spent around $400 on boudouir pics, but that is what I really wanted to do. He doesn’t even know I did them (I said I was shopping). I wouldn’t pick a price if I were you. I would just try to think of something that would mean a lot to each other as husband and wife. Something personal and don’t tell each other what you’re spending-that just takes the romance and excitement away if you’re worrying about money. Is there something he’s always wanted you to do, or dress in, or that would become a great heirloom? 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I spent $485 on boudoir pics and Blurb album, $150 on a hockey jersey for the boudoir pics (to be given with the album), and $225 on a groom’s cake. I agree with bree — it wasn’t like I set an amount, but I just wanted to do these things for him. I’d approach it that way.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We haven’t decided what to do yet … but we’re thinking of having the rings be the gifts – so I buy his and he buy mine.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I spent 350 on a really nice watch he commented a few months back he wanted, he spent 200 on diamond & pearl earrings I’d been dying for.

It just depends on what you guys want 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’m probably in the minority, but I bought him a watch. A very expensive watch.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I am spending a bit more than I intended, but I really wanted to get him boudoir pics and a gift certificate to have an experience he really wanted (heli-skiing), which was pretty spendy. However, as others have said, I wanted to get him those gifts and the cost was a secondary consideration (that I really had to budget and save for!). On the wedding day I know it will be worth it. I plan to tuck the gift certificate in the book of photos and hope to see his jaw drop twice:)

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

we don’t have the budget to splurge, so it will probably be $100 or less…I might do boudoir instead of e-pics (from our pkg), bc he won’t notice the switch & we have some amateur photog friends who will do e-pics for "cost"

that being said, if you can splurge, go for it…however, if it is going to cause you debt or major stress, then there are many other occassions (anniversaries, etc.) in your future on which you can splurge, so I would make it something "wedding-y" like a family heirloom watch…I know it’s cheesy, but I actually get giddy thinking about "I have the rest of our lives to pamper/surprise/etc him"

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m considering buying him his "dream toy" a 25th anniversary Ms. Pac-Man Tabletop Arcade game… the $3000 price tag is holding me back. 
What do you ladies think?

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We debated as to whether to even do gifts for each other, particularly given that we spent some serious cash on the wedding rings.  I mean, how much more of a present do you need?  In the end, I got him a really gorgeous tie he had been eyeing at Nordstrom for months ($250) and he got me a Tissot watch – not sure what he spent, but it is a very simple design, stainless with a leather band, not a dress watch but just for me to wear to work every day.  We agreed right up front that we weren’t going to go crazy on the gifts – just a nice something that we could pay for in cash.  After all, if the theory is to start out without a bunch of wedding related debt, I think that includes the gifts.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

We’ve decided that our honeymoon will be our gift to each other–though I might get him some little joke gift as well.  I picture us taking turns buying dinner on the honeymoon, even though it all comes from the same bank account

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I spent $25 because it was something that was sufficient to get my message across and still tie back to the wedding theme we had. He did the same, but spent $100. We had a vintage travel wedding theme and I gave him cuff links that are reminiscent of the old NSEW things on an old map and he got me a message in a heart bottle thing with his vows in it.

I’d say spend whatever you are comfortable spending. I also had boudoir pictures done the morning of the wedding; I just had my photographer come in a bit earlier. 🙂

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I do not think we are even planning to do these gifts, and if we are they will be token. We have spent a lot on rings and our honeymoon, so we wil probably do something for our 1st anniversary.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m debating this too.  My Fiance doesn’t know much about weddings, beyond what he’s seen in movies, so I don’t even know how to bring it up, or if I should.  Plus, my birthday is only a month before, so I don’t want him spending a bunch of money twice. 

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