How Much Should You Spend on a Wedding Gift?

Some Words on Appropriate Wedding Gift Spending

Have you ever been invited to a wedding, only to find yourself wondering just how much you should spend on the gift? Proper etiquette for wedding gift spending varies depending upon several factors. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should always be in the dark. If you want to learn more about how much your wedding gift should cost, I have the answers.

Who Are You?

One of the most important factors to consider when determining how much to spend on a wedding gift is your relationship with the couple getting married. Are you a close friend, an acquaintance, or a family member? Where you fall in relation to the couple will play a large part in determining what’s expected of you.

Blood Is Thicker (and More Expensive) Than Water

If the person getting married is a close family member, then the wedding gift should be at least one-hundred to two-hundred dollars. A wedding gift in the thousands would not be totally out of line, but keep in mind that a large monetary gift would be reserved for the parents or godparents of the couple (and only then if they could afford it).

Close Friends and Other Family Members

If you are a close friend or a family member other than an immediate relative, your wedding gift budget should fall in the range of $50 to $100. As a general rule, the cost of the wedding gift should be at least as much as the cost of your meal at the wedding. This means if you go with someone as a couple, you should spend more on the wedding gift than if you attend alone.

The Bottom Line

Of course there are times when money is an issue and you can’t spend hundreds of dollars. Perhaps even $50 is pushing it. In these instances, the couple should understand and you can feel comfortable spending between $25 and $50 on the wedding gift. Never, however, spend less than $25 on a wedding gift no matter what your relationship to the bride and groom.