Wedding Season Etiquette: How Much Should You Spend on Wedding Gifts?

It’s wedding season. Do you get a feeling of dread when you think about all of the wedding invitations you’ll receive and subsequent gifts to buy? Weddings are not only expensive for the bride and groom and their parents. Weddings can also be costly for invitees and attendees who will purchase a gift for the happy couple.

Spread the Joy without Spreading Your Money Too Thin

Wondering what the rules are regarding wedding gifts, how much is appropriate to spend, and how to save money while spreading joy? Check out these tips:

  • Spending a lot on travel? Count it as part of your gift. Weddings that require you to travel can really add up, particularly for destination ceremonies. Instead of feeling obligated to purchase a really expensive gift in addition to paying for travel costs, remember that your attendance is a gift in and of itself. In lieu of a pricey gift, you can give a small gift or simply a greeting card with your well wishes.
  • Go in on a group gift. Instead of purchasing a more  inexpensive gift, get some family members or friends involved and go in together on a collective group gift. If the couple have a gift registry, look for a more expensive item they have already indicated they want and split up the cost. Everyone’s happy! 😉
  • Don’t get stuck on a dollar amount. I read recently that a wedding expert said you should spend $200 on a close friend’s wedding gift. For some people, this amount is simply more than one can afford to spend on one present, regardless of the relationship. Remember that it’s the thought, not the dollar amount, that counts, so skip the proposed mandatory minimums and buy a gift that makes sense for the recipient and your budget.
  • Delay the gift-giving a bit. Do you want to give a wedding gift, but are strapped for cash at the moment? It is acceptable to send a present within the next few months after the ceremony. You may want to spend the time searching for the best possible price on your gift item. Or you can wait to see what the couple gets so you can be sure to get them something different. Housewarming gifts make great wedding gifts, especially when presented after the festivities.

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Bed Bath Beyond Logo

Looking for practical and useful gift options for the happy couple? There’s a reason that Bed, Bath and Beyond is one of my favorite stores! They have a large selection of home products, from the organizational to the decorative to the culinary. Bed, Bath and Beyond’s prices are reasonable and their selection is hard to beat. Searching for a gift specifically for a wedding? Check out their wedding section.

Macy's Logo Magic

Let the magic of Macy’s come to your rescue during wedding season! Macy’s combines the high quality product line you expect in a department store with sensible prices you will be pleasantly surprised about. Get inspired when you check out their The Wedding Shop which makes it effortless to access everything related to nuptials. You will also find an extensive assortment of items for the home that will make excellent presents for the bride and groom.

Target Logo

You trust Target for all of your routine needs—you can also trust them for the perfect wedding gift. Get a present they’ll love without spending more than necessary when you shop at Target. Need ideas about what to buy? Check out Target’s 2014 Wedding Catalog for inspiration. You will also find plenty of giftable items for the home. Want to buy a gift that’s outside the box? Consider purchasing for the lucky couple’s outdoor space. Everyone is buying gifts for the inside of their home—why not buy something to help them enjoy summer outside in their garden or on their patio? It will say happy life and happy summer! We hope these tips about wedding season etiquette have been helpful to you.

Don’t forget to share them with others who will be invited to and/or attending weddings this summer!

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