Getting invited to a wedding comes with plenty of questions, chief among them “Am I going?” and “How much should I spend on the gift?” The former actually impacts the latter. If you aren’t going, you’re typically not expected to buy anything expensive. Some etiquette experts even say you don’t have to buy anything at all. However, if you are going to the wedding, you’re on the hook for something. Before deciding what to get the newlyweds, consider the following information.
Your Relationship with The Couple
Your relationship to the couple matters. If your best friend of 18 years is getting hitched, you’re going to be expected to shell out a healthy chunk of dough. If you’re just a casual acquaintance, you’re not expected to spend much at all. Basically, the closer you are to the couple, the more you’re spending.
You won’t be expected to break the bank if you’re going to the wedding alone. However, if you’re going with a date, the expectation for a more expensive gift comes with it.
Your State Average
As Marketwatch reports, for a good idea on how much you should spend, check out the Wedding Season Report by Tendr. According to the cash-lending app’s report, the national average for a wedding gift is $160. Keep in mind that this varies by state. People who live in Vermont give an average of $245 — the highest average in the nation — while people who live in Arkansas give only an average of $45. Look up your state to see what the average gift is and go from there.