The Wedding Gift Debate
Wedding season is almost upon us. One of my best friend’s is getting married on St. Paddy’s Day, and I know its going to be chaotic.
There is always the question of how much and whether or not to gift someone at a wedding. In my opinion cash is always king.
It is nice to buy towels, silverware, or something off of the newlywed’s registry, but throwing the new couple a few bucks is usually my route. This way they can use the cash to pay for some of the wedding or buy themselves a gift. Plus, it does feel good to put a nice, crisp $100 bill in a hand-written card.
The rule of thumb is to cover how much your head would cost at the wedding. A safe assumption is always right around $100, since we all know weddings aren’t cheap. If you can’t afford that, I believe it is ok to gift less.
The debate really intensifies when you can’t attend the wedding. I truly believe you should send a gift to the person who invited you to their wedding even if you have to decline the invite, especially if you are close with them. If your cousin’s sister-in-law’s niece’s grandchild invites you to their wedding, and you kind of suspect it’s a pity invite, it’s understandable now to gift anything!
In the end a nice card with a nice note will always suffice!