(Closed) Wedding Gifts

posted 8 years ago in Money
  • poll: What's the average amount you gave or received for wedding presents?
    Under $50 : (4 votes)
    6 %
    $50 : (16 votes)
    24 %
    $75 : (7 votes)
    10 %
    $100 : (17 votes)
    25 %
    $125 : (2 votes)
    3 %
    $150 : (6 votes)
    9 %
    $175 : (0 votes)
    $200 : (10 votes)
    15 %
    $250 : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    You’ll find this varies a LOT by region/area.

    My midwest friends and family tend to give $50-100, depending on how close you are, and how well off they are. Our DC friends tended closer to $150 though, even people we aren’t as close to.

    Where do you live?

    Post # 4
    6661 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    The average amount I give and the average I received were totally different so I can’t respond to your poll. I was shocked at our wedding presents to be quite frank. Darling Husband and I usually give a minimum of $100/person (so $200 from both of us, or $300 for close friends) and we probably received on average $25 per guest (when you factor in the amount the tangible gifts were worth). Of course we were grateful for everything we received, but were still shocked by this realization. I live in NYC and was married in Philly if that helps.

    Post # 5
    151 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We found that people gave either $50, $75, $100 or $150 per person.  $75 per person was the most common amount that our work friends gave us.  $100 per person was the most common amount for longtime family friends and extended family.  Close family and longtime friends gave us $150 per person.  I also found that older people, like my parent’s friends gave more money than younger people.

    Post # 6
    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My general rule of thumb is $50 per person attending unless they are particularly close to you. For example: In 2008 one of my best friends got married so Fiance and I gave her $150. Last year FI’s brother got married and we gave them $250 and a few months after that one of my best friends married one of FI’s best friends and we gave them $200. I attended a co-workers wedding solo last year and gave her $50. It really depends on your relationship to the couple and the area you live in. 

    Post # 7
    311 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I usually go with about $100, a little more if it is from both myself and FH.

    Post # 9
    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I normally give about $75ish for wedding gifts.  However, I also factor in that I spent atleast $50 on a shower gift.  For my shower I averaged $50 on gift cards. 

    Post # 10
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    I think a lot of it depends on your social circle, type of wedding and how close the people are to you.

    I gave 200 dollars to a close family friend (my age) that we have been friends with for 3 generations. so essentially family. And I flew across the country for the wedding.

    For my friend? I bought presents on her registry for a great deal with sales and coupons.  It came to about $250, but I only spent about $130. Not including the bridal shower I went to.

    However, I went to another wedding where the general circle of friends weren’t as financially comfortable and didn’t want to over-give (people like to talk). I gave $75 and a vase for the wedding. 


    Post # 11
    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Depends a TON on region…our most common monetary amount was probably $300 for each couple (so $150 per person) and that’s generally what Darling Husband and I give as well, although we might give more for close family. 

    Post # 12
    217 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    50.00 to a 100.00 depending on my relationship.  

    Post # 13
    708 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We give $300/couple. But we are in New York.

    Post # 14
    150 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    We gave $250 to each couple at the last wedding we went to. 

    Post # 15
    459 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    My standard policy for a really close friend or family member is $100 if I am the only one attending the wedding, or $200 if it is from both me and my husband. I typically give $50 if from just me, or $100 from both me and husband for other weddings of people I am not quite as close with.

    Post # 16
    91 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I know some people say you should only give what you can afford. I do things a little different. I take some things into cosideration: how close we are, did i have to travel to go to the event and did I buy a shower gift. Typically, we give at least $140-200 for the wedding and typically $40-100 on shower gifts. Planning a wedding myself, I know how much it costs to feed one person. I would never give less than $100.

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