How much to give for a wedding gift?
How much do you generally give for a wedding gift, and what’s your thought process on what’s fair? A few of my friends are getting married in the next few months so was curious to hear what people thought.
For me, I only attend weddings when I’m close to the person, preferably both. Generally these weddings require me to fly and book a hotel. I don’t want to be thought of as frugal but at the same time I still have student loans from business school that I have to pay off (I just graduated a few months ago). I generally just like to sleep well at night and frankly put as little thought into it as possible (which is acceptable since most people have online registries set up anyhow). Therefore, usually I target around $150, or $200+ if I’m really close to the couple. I’ve also heard around $100 is considered an “average” by some people, but I realize everyone’s financial situation is different and was really more interested in hearing how people thought about this stuff rather than just a dollar amount.
Also, for anyone that recently got married, what were your expectations (if any) about the gifts you received?