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title pic How Much to Spend on a Wedding Present

Posted by on July 21, 2010

So you’ve been invited to attend a wedding, you’ve accepted, got over the trauma of what to wear (and what not to wear) where to stay, if to drive and all the other hurdles. But one hurdle remains – the wedding gift. Just how much should you be spending?

Well, first lets tackle the what. Most brides will have the courtesy to send a bridal registry along with their invitation, before you go jumping to any conclusions about how it will be filled with ludicrously expensive items – remember, the bride and groom have just saved you half the battle – what to get them, and will they like it? If you buy something from their list, you are safe on the knowledge, that yes, they will like it! Most bridal registries will also have items catering for all budgets, so you don;t have to worry that you will end up spending a lot more than you wanted.

So onto the dollars. The first thing is to stop thinking about how much they are spending on you. It may have cost $10 for each guest at the wedding, or it may have cost $1000. The price is entirely irrelevant – after all you are not giving a gift to compensate for your attendance, your gift is a sign of well wishing for the couples future.

First things first, its a bad idea to spend less that $50. That’s not a huge amount and your budget should stretch to it, and quite frankly anything less is seen as, well, cheap. You should also spend in accordance with how you value your relationship, if we are talking distant friend or relative, then this low end of the scale is fine, however when considering a close friend or relative, you should be looking at spending around the $100 upwards mark – after all, if they are important people in your life, you’ll want your well wishing to show them that.

One of the other things that you may wish to consider is grouping together with some friends to buy a big ticket item. Most couples will be blown away to receive that new plasma tv or outdoor setting that is their dreams. If something is out of your budget, its more than fine to band together with others to help spread the cost.

And now for timing, in these days of online shopping and quick post, be sure to buy your gift at least one week before the wedding. Some stores hold the gifts for the bridal party and deliver them all in one lump on a specified date which is convenient for the couple. Whatever you do, don’t take the gift to the wedding – they won’t want to lug it around all day and it may get lost! If worst comes to worst, make sure you have purchased your gift within 1 month after the wedding – longer is seen as rude. And whatever you do, make sure you do buy a gift, because even something small is better than nothing!

Happy Wedding Season!

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