The inevitable questions...
What do I get the couple for their wedding?
How much should I spend on a wedding gift?
It seems that the retail industry has made gift-giving more complicated than ever! We understand there is a huge market for gift registries and money to be made, but let's be realistic about this.
Sauce of Life Tip #1: Don't budget the money you spend on a gift vs. the cost of dinner at the reception. There's more to life than money! It's plan tacky too!
Sauce of Life Tip #2: The average amount of money spent on a wedding present is roughly $75-$100. However, remember to consider other factors in this amount.
How close are you with the couple?
Are you a close relative, or long-distance cousin and you are meeting for the first time?
Are you in the bridal party?
Have you attended the showers or engagement parties?
Sauce of Life Tip #3: If you know the couple well, it is more likely you will be happy to spend a little extra. If you are bringing a date to the wedding, you should expect to spend a little more on the wedding gift.
Sauce of Life Tip #4: Don't bust your own budget! If the only thing left on the registry is a $400 oil canvas, then either give cash or purchase a gift the couple may enjoy (this works if you know the couple well). Try to purchase off the registry, the couple actually prefers those items!
Sauce of Life Tip #5: Include the gift receipt. Those gift registries don't always function properly. I have seeen brides open 3 sets of the same knives because the registry wasn't updated by the store!
Sauce of Life Tip #6: If you have attended an engagement party and/or bridal shower, don't assume you have to spend $100 at each function. A typical disbursement is: 15% engagement party, 25% shower gift, 60% wedding gift. Split your budget to fit with the events you are attending.
Word to the Wise: Don't be cheap! The couple is starting a new life together, if you have a little bit to spare, then share with love!