Did you know that last year alone, people have spent a total of $6.9 billion on wedding gifts? This is according to research from The Wedding Report. That’s a lot of money, right? And now here you are, trying to figure out what wedding gift to buy and how much to spend for the couple who most recently invited you. To avoid breaking the bank without looking like a cheapskate, here are some wedding gift etiquette rules to help you get through with this.
1. How much should I spend?
The typical amount that people spend is $75, a price that you’d have to double if you’re bringing a date. Don’t hesitate to ask other guests how much they’re planning to spend so you have some idea. Certain factors can also help in determining the answer to this question and these include your budget and your relationship with the bride or groom. Guidelines tells us that for a co-worker’s wedding, prepare to spend $75 to $100; if it’s a friend or relative, $100 to $125 will do; and for someone really close to you, you can go from $125 up.
2. Should I consider the price per dinner plate or venue’s classiness?
These things should never be a factor in your gift shopping. It would be like thinking that the wedding gift is the “admission price” to the event. What it should really be is a symbol of your wish for the couple to have a happy and fulfilled life together.
3. Do I still give a gift even if I can’t attend the wedding?
Yes, you sure do. Whether you’re attending the wedding or not, it would be a kind gesture that the couple would really appreciate if you bequeath them with something that will not only commemorate the occasion but also help them in starting this new chapter in their lives together. Giving a present shows the couple that you really care for them and that even though circumstances didn’t allow you to be there physically, you’re with them spiritually.
4. Is it necessary to buy a gift from the registry?
Buying your gift from the registry is a good idea for many reasons. For one, you get to save time and energy. Another is that there’s less risk involved. You can be sure that the gift you’re buying is not a duplicate of what others have bought. And it’s certain that the couple will like it and will find good use for it. The only problem with gift registries is that they lack a personal touch, like you didn’t really spend much time and effort in buying the gift. But you can resolve this by including a personal note. Also, if you’re going for the gift registry route, shop early so there are still a lot of choices available.
5. Can I give a check or cash to the bride and groom?
Cash or check gifts are usually welcome, unless the couple comes from a culture that considers it inappropriate.
6. Can I send a gift later on?
It’s fine to attend the event and send the gift later but don’t wait until you’ve received the thank you note before you make your move. It’s not proper to wait for more than six months.
Knowing these wedding gift etiquette rules will definitely ease your mind and help you have a stress-free shopping activity.