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How Much Money Should Be Spent for a Wedding Gift?

    Break the Bank

    • If you are a close friend or relative of the bride or groom expect to spend more. Summer Krecke, deputy editor of WeddingChannel.com, says these guests should spend upwards of $125 to $150 or more. However, according to Emily Post, the idea that you must pay, at minimum, what your plate at the reception is worth, is a myth.

    Cheap Is Sweet

    • Bridal registries are meant to be used as a guide. There is no obligation for you to purchase something from that particular list. According to the AP-Brides.com poll, the more frugal attendees spent between $50 and $75, with the average attendee spending $100 to $199.

    Bottom Line

    • According to Samantha von Sperling, a social image consultant, it is appropriate to spend between $50 and $1,000 for a wedding gift depending on the guest's budget and relationship to the couple. Emily Post adds "the amount ... should be based on your affection for and relationship with the couple"

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