The average wedding gift amount hovers right around $100, which is a great place to start, and you can increase or decrease that based on how close you are. If you're very close or related to the couple (and have the wiggle room in your budget), you may choose to spend more—about $150 per guest (or $200 from a couple).
How much should a cash wedding gift be? The average wedding gift is around $100 (per guest), and this baseline is a great place to start. If you're bringing a plus-one, then you can give $200 as a couple.
She offers these guidelines to wedding-goers wherever they might be: A distant relative or co-worker should give $75-$100; a friend or relative, $100-$125; a closer relative, up to $150.
"$250-$500. The amount should be at least enough to cover the cost of our attendance at the wedding. Amount goes up from $250 depending on how close we are with the couple. Money is the best gift ;)."
“I'll usually give around $150-$200 cash.” The more Long Islanders I talked to, the more it was confirmed: money is the gold (and really, only) standard. … but what about elsewhere?
When it comes to wedding gifts, there's no right or wrong answer on how much you should spend. It's all about your personal budget. And cash is a completely acceptable gift, says Lizzie Post, etiquette expert and co-host of Emily Post's “Awesome Etiquette” podcast. Some couples even prefer it.
The average wedding gift is around $100, but how much you spend on a wedding gift varies on your relationship with the couple and your own finances. A gift of $100 in cash or in registry items is a generous wedding gift amount!
On average, guests in 2022 are spending around $150 per person on a wedding gift.
"Many people spend around $50 to $75, whereas closer friends and family may spend upwards of $100," she says. "However, the amount you want to spend is up to you." It's important to consider that there are no set rules for gift-giving when it comes to bridal shower gifts, and items can certainly range in price.
Cash gifts really come down to how well you know the couple-of-the-hour, but as it turns out, Canadians on average believe $147 is the right amount to give. According to a recent poll by Ipsos, on behalf of Global News, half of Canadians (51 per cent) believed $100 to $199 was acceptable for a wedding gift.
Tucking cash or a check inside a card and bringing it to the wedding reception is still totally acceptable though—but if you bring a check, it needs to be made out correctly.
If you don't think it will offend the couple, the safest option is to address the check to the member of the couple you feel closest to. If you're unsure of whether or not that person will be changing their last name, use their maiden name, or the last name they had before the wedding.
Most suggest not changing your name until after the honeymoon so that travel documents and ID match in your maiden name. You can legally change it after then. But if the bride takes her time changing her name or doesn't at all (like me!), and a check is written out to Mr. & Mrs.
HELEN'S ANSWER: A check made out to the couple or the person you know the best would be most welcome. Cash, with a beautiful wedding card, is a lovely gift to give for a wedding, and most young couples would really appreciate having the money. Actually, the couple are thankful for wedding gifts and/or cash.
If the check is issued to two people, such as John and Jane Doe, the bank or credit union generally can require that the check be signed by both of them before it can be cashed or deposited. If the check is issued to John or Jane Doe, generally either person can cash or deposit the check.
The groom's family is responsible for corsages and boutonnieres for immediate members of both families, the lodging of the groom's attendants (if you have offered to help pay for this expense), and sometimes the costs of the rehearsal dinner.
“If the typical plate is $150, then maybe you should give $175 a person and if the typical plate is $100 a person, then maybe you want to give $125 or $150,” she said. “If you're very, very close (to the couple), you will want to look at $250 a person and up depending on your economic status.”
But the gifting doesn't stop there. In traditional Italian weddings, brides carry la borsa — or a satin bag — during the reception, and guests place envelopes of cash in it, usually between $100 and $400, if they want a dance with the bride or to help the newlyweds with future arrangements such as a house or vacation.
An immediate family member, or bridal party: £50-100
For the bridal party and groomsmen, or a close family member, £50 - 100 is a typical amount to spend on a wedding gift.
According to Parker, there really is no set amount—it's truly based on your budget and your comfort level. However, if you are someone who really needs to have a base number, she'd advise at least $75. In the hierarchy of life events, weddings top the list, she says.