What to Spend on a Wedding Gift

When it comes to wedding season, one of the first decisions you’ll make is whether or not to attend. Once you accept, or regret, you are now free to think about whether or not you will send a gift.

It used to be considered good etiquette to use the price-per-plate measurement for determining how much to spend on a wedding gift. And this may still be true for distant friends or co-workers. However, modern rules suggest you should set your budget to what you think is appropriate for your relationship with the couple.

Further, you’ll want to consider what’s reasonable in your area. Not to mention your personal finances.

While there’s no magic formula for determining the amount you should spend on a wedding gift, according to Tendr’s, Wedding Season Report, which breaks down average spending by state, the average gift amount varies not only by region, but by season as well.


Remember this: No one should ever feel obliged to spend more than she can afford. If you are close friends or family and are financially constrained, the best gift may be a handwritten and heartfelt expression of your best wishes.

Attention Brides:  

Did you know you can add gifts from anywhere to your Amazon Wedding Registry? Use the Universal Registry Button to add all of your favorite gifts to a single registry.

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The Knot Real Weddings Study, American Express Average Cost of a WeddingBankrate,Wedding Gift-Giving Tendencies by RegionTendr Wedding Season Report 


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