How Much Should one Spend on a Wedding Gift?
These basic tips will help you choose an appropriate wedding gift
By Heather Grenier
Deciding how much to spend on a wedding gift can be a difficult task unless you have the proper knowledge. Use the following guidelines to determine an appropriate budget.
Check the couple's wedding registry and look specifically at the price range of the items. If the couple has followed proper etiquette, they should have selected a wide range of items at different prices. The price range may be quite broad; narrow in on an amount that is affordable to you, and use that as a guide when you shop.
Pay for your plate
Though not a formal standard, this method can be helpful of the couple doesn't have a registry or any guidance. Check the wedding caterer's website and estimate how much the couple will be paying per plate for each guest. Add up the cost of your meal -- plus that of your guest, if applicable -- and use that amount of money to purchase a wedding gift.
If you have been married yourself, you may have kept a list of the gifts you were given for your wedding. If the couple in question gave you a wedding gift, then reciprocate with a gift of similar value.
What you can afford
Give a wedding gift that you can afford based on your own budget. The bride and groom will understand if you cannot give much.
Decide how much you want to spend in total on gifts for the engagement party, bridal shower and wedding gifts. Then, spend 20% on the engagement party, 20% on the bridal shower and 60% on the wedding gift.
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Heather Grenier is a freelance writer and a contributor to DexKnows
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