Post originally was published on Wedding Forward

Determining how much to spend on a wedding gift without breaking any wedding gift etiquette is a sensitive affair. The average wedding gift amount 2018 guests spent on gifts was about $151, but there is a spike currently. This is owing to the many pre-wedding festivities, associated expenses and a long list of wedding gift ideas.

Here, we will tell you the average wedding gift cost, gift etiquette and how much to spend on gifts per wedding situation.

Follow this post to also know the time frame for giving wedding gifts after wedding and more from experts!

In the words of wedding etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, wedding gifts are neither mandatory nor costs set in stone, but a show of support to the couple. She opines that how much you spend on a wedding should depend mainly on your budget and relationships with the couple. Other factors to note are how much of the wedding expenses are covered by the couple and your role in the wedding.

As such, research by NerdWallet shows that the average gift amount is about $151 and guests are willing to spend up to $350 per situation. This may see wedding gifts amount in 2019 rise. From buying of bridal shower gifts to wedding proper, people are willing to spend more.

The RetailMeNot poll shows that an American will spend an average of $140 on wedding gifts.

41% believe that gifts are mandatory for weddings. 37% believe that even if you got them something before the wedding, say bachelor party gifts, you should still get them a wedding gift.

Now, for every amount featured, you are to double if you have extras tagging along (this is very optional). Again, these amounts are only calculated per adult head, no kids.

Do I Have To Buy A Gift For A Destination Wedding?

A destination wedding is not a cheap one, so, much is not expected on the part of gifts. We believe that the best gifts the couple can get are the presence of the guests because they made huge sacrifices. After heavy travel logistics and some cash to get by, gifts are not necessary. But if you feel up to it, go right ahead!

How Much To Spend On A Wedding Gift If I Am Not Attending?

What to give for a wedding gift if not attending depends on your relationship with the couple. How much to give for a wedding gift is dependent on your financial disposition per time. If you have a personal relationship with the couple and can’t make it, send a healthy gift.

If you feel you were a last minute guest consideration to a couple you aren’t close to, send a handwritten congratulations. This may be through the RSVP. You are also saved from spending as much as you would have spent if present. A gift between $30 – $40 will do.

How Much To Spend On A Wedding Gift If I Am A Bridesmaid/Groomsman

It depends on how much of the wedding expense the couple covered. Another factor is if you are buying individually or as a bridal party group.
If the couple covered the cost of your wears and accommodation, a gift starting at $125 and above is perfect. You will get very impressive gifts from that price up and shows gratitude to the couple. If you are buying as a group, $100 combined by each of you will get a really pricey gift. One that will get noticed.

Can We Give A Group Wedding Gift?

A group wedding gift is ideal if all the ideas for wedding registry the couple comes up with is bigger than your budget. You may also have your eyes on something specifically pricey for the couple but are not buoyant enough. This is where you join forces with either close friends or family. It is even better if you are part of the bridal party. You will present something huge as a group.

This is a means to get more and save more. Buying a wedding gift as a group saves you from spending as much if you bought independently.

If I Have A Plus One: How Much Should A Couple Spend On A Wedding Gift?

You are not under oath to bear any extra gifts if you attend a wedding with a date or group of friends. But if you have a close relationship with the couple, you are morally bound to come with a gift double the cost or a bit over one adult head. This is to show support to the couple and pay for the extra plate of food.

As such, really close friends with a plus one should spend about $180 – $250. For others $80 – $160 is fine.