How to decide what to spend on a wedding gift, according to experts

  • I’d heard that you should spend a similar amount to what the marrying couple is paying for your plate. That’s not right.
  • Location, relationship and budget can help you determine what to spend on a wedding gift.
  • An appropriate spend amount on a wedding gift can vary.

I’ve entered the season in my life when wedding invitations are beginning to occasionally appear in my mailbox. 

This is exciting for many reasons. I’m happy for my friends and family members taking this next stepI’m looking forward to attending fun events and getting dressed up — and the list goes on.

But one part of weddings that can be challenging is dealing with the expenses that come with attending (not to mention planning a wedding of your own) and having to adjust your budget.

For instance: the wedding gift. I’ve heard that you should spend the same amount on a gift that the couple is spending on your plate at dinner, but I wasn’t sure if that etiquette tip is myth or fact. (Spoiler: it’s not a realistic expectation).