It is something every guest wants to know but is too embarrassed or afraid to ask. How much money is one supposed to spend on a wedding gift? The old rule says that you should estimate how much the couple is spending on your meal at the wedding reception and make the gift match that price. However, the new rules suggest spending whatever you think is appropriate, while keeping your relationship with the couple in mind. But there are still some exceptions. Are you a bit confused or lost? No worries, we are here to clear the waters and give you clear answers. Just keep reading. 

Rules on how much to spend on a wedding gift, based on your relationship with the couple

As we have previously mentioned, the amount of money you are going to spend on a wedding gift depends on your financial comfort level, but it also depends on a relationship you have with the bride/the groom. Use these guidelines to figure out the appropriate amount for a wedding gift.

  • For your coworker or boss: If you hope to continue a long working relationship, the best range is between $75 and $100. 
  • For a casual acquaintance or a neighbor: Consider a gift in the range of $50 to $75.
  • For a relative or friend: A gift worth between $100 and $125 is appropriate to give someone you love but are not the closest to. 
  • For a close relative or a close friend: If you are celebrating the union of a close and beloved friend or relative, a gift in the range of $100 to $200 is going to be a thoughtful and appropriate gesture. 

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