1. Use the Registry
Couples create wedding registries based on things they actually need and want. It’s common for couples to already have the basic registry items especially if they’re already living together. So the registry helps guide you to things the couple would actually use, which is super helpful since it takes all of the guesswork out of choosing a wedding gift. To find the couple’s wedding registry first look on the their wedding website. If they don’t have a wedding website ask a family member or close friend of the bride and groom.
2. Budget Appropriately
It’s very important to give what you can afford, but also take into consideration what is appropriate to your relationship with the couple. So if you’re very close friends to the couple your gift giving budget is likely more, say around $100-$150, than your distant cousin who you only see every couple of years where you may only gift around $50-$75.
3. If Your Budget is Tight, Go in on a Group Gift
Not everyone has the same budget when it comes to giving gifts, especially for weddings, so share the cost for a more expensive gift on the registry with other guests to make it easier on your budget.
4. Bring a Gift to the Shower
If you’re invited to the bridal shower you’ll be expected to bring a gift to the shower as well as a giving a wedding gift. This makes your wedding gift budget even tighter. A good way to budget for this is to split your budget so 60% of your gift giving budget is for the wedding gift and 40% for other wedding-related events such as the wedding shower.
5. Don’t Bring Big Gifts on the Wedding Day
On the wedding day if you’re not giving a gift of money than just bring a card to the wedding and have the wedding gift delivered to the couple’s home. This makes it easier for you and the couple so no one is left having to haul oversized gifts to and from the ceremony/reception and their home.