Wedding Etiquette – What is An Average Wedding Gift?
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During the discussion on our article “Wedding Gift Etiquette – How Much To Give” and the original Hamilton Spectator article that sparked the original furor – it seems many wedding guests come from very different backgrounds and have very diverse opinions on wedding gift giving etiquette.
So lets just put etiquette aside for a moment and only look at what is average.
How much does an average wedding guest give as a wedding gift? How much does it cost the average guest to attend a wedding?
Well, American Express recently compiled a survey that answers just that!
What is An Average Wedding Gift?
According to the American Express survey, the average wedding gift is $144 for a family member and $97 for a close friend.
More affluent wedding guests give an average wedding gift worth $251 for any wedding they attend, while co-workers come in at the low end of the scale at an average of $66.
Not surprisingly, the more removed a wedding guest is from the bride and groom, the smaller their wedding gift tends to be.
What is The Average Cost For a Guest to Attend A Wedding?
Again, according to the American Express survey, the average guests spends $539 to attend a wedding.
This includes wedding related expenses such as bachelor / bachelorette parties, transportation and hotels, clothing and accessories, babysitting and the wedding gift.
If you are in the wedding party – the average bridesmaid or groomsmen spent $577 to attend a wedding.
Average Wedding Gift Expense Summary
There is a huge variation between weddings in different regions, different socioeconomic circumstances and different cultures. Some weddings will certainly cost quite a bit more to attend. Some less.
However, if you want to know what the average wedding guest spends out of pocket on a wedding gift and in total to attend a wedding, the American Express survey is a good benchmark.
What Do You Think?
How much do you plan on spending at the next wedding you attend? What do you consider when deciding on a wedding gift? When is it appropriate to spend less than average to attend a wedding? What cultural wedding traditions should you consider?
Please leave a comment below!
Note: Please be civil – comments with name calling and personal attacks will be deleted.
(Really – who knew weddings were so controversial!)