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    Posted: 17 Jul 2016 14:34

    What is the going rate for a wedding present?

    I'm chief bridesmaid at my friend's wedding and just wondered how much I should be spending on the wedding present? 

  • Posted: 17 Jul 2016 16:41

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    Whatever you can afford/feel comfortable with :)

    We usually spend around £50 on Wedding Gifts though :) 

    x

  • Posted: 17 Jul 2016 17:06

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    It really does depend on what u want/are able to spend. And also it doesn't have to be pricey for example something meaningful to the couple but cheaper could mean more than an item that cost lots of money. Also they won't know how much u spend. I think it also depends on how much the wedding had cost you, for example travel, accommodation etc.i went to a wedding as a guest but had to get flight there and pay for accommodation for couple of days so just gave a card however when I was bridesmaid and had to only pay for my accommodation and bride paid for everything else, i think I spent about £50 on a gift.

  • Posted: 17 Jul 2016 17:19

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    I also give up to 50 depending n who what where etc.  Give what yu can afford I wouldn't want anyone to have struggled for a gift for me.  One of my gifts was a pebble engraved with our wedding date from someone who doesn't have a lot of money and I love it. 

  • Posted: 18 Jul 2016 9:40

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    I think it depends on your relationship with the bride/groom and then how much you can afford.

    I would spend around about £25 personally - you can get some really nice thoughtful gifts.

    Posted: 18 Jul 2016 14:15

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    We usually spend about £100, but on our own list have things from £5 upwards so people can spend as much or as little as they like.  It depends on any number of factors!

  • Posted: 22 Jul 2016 14:02

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    It depends of you, the price is not so important as the personal gesture. Last year I was chief bridesmaid of my sister and I gave her a set of jewelry with one rose dipped in gold Her wedding theme was royal and she was looking for jewelry so I spent £200 for the whole gift. But the bride was my sister. So, yea, it depends of your relationship with the bride and your budget.

  • Posted: 22 Jul 2016 20:19

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    I was never sure on the whole wedding present etiquette. But speaking from someone that just got married, we had anything from just a card up to £100 cheque! And we were grateful for them all no matter how big or small. A couple of the bride & groom party didn't get us anything but I didn't think anything of it because to me their present was everything they had done to help with the wedding. So I really don't think it matters, just spend whatever you can afford. If if was a really close friend I would prob spend £50, maybe more if I found something I thought they would love

  • Posted: 22 Jul 2016 23:28

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    If we aren't that close to the couple we normally do £50 each so £100 total (maybe a bit old fashioned but figure we'd spend that much on a nice meal out) if it's someone closer we go for £75-£100 each depending on exactly how close we are to the couple. Having said that I wouldn't be upset if I received less from the same people I gave that too but as a bridesmaid I would always consider that ordinarily I would have bought a new outfit for the occasion but that my outfit was paid for by the bride so I pay that saving forward in my present! 

    Posted: 24 Jul 2016 7:33

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    Thanks everyone.  The most expensive thing on her gift list was £65 but someone has bought that so nothing is too over the top in terms of cost anyway :-) 

  • Posted: 24 Jul 2016 8:00

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    We're not married yet but have had a few gifts so far. The gifts from those who are coming to our wedding have all been £100 per couple. We gave £100 between the 2 of us at the last wedding we went to, but the one before that we gave £60 between us as we were younger and less established in our careers. I say give what you can comfortably afford.

  • Posted: 24 Jul 2016 8:54

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    If invited to the whole day, I'd give £80 as a couple.

    Posted: 24 Jul 2016 11:14

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    Thank you. I'm going to be paying about £100 to get there and back plus another £100 for my hotel room. Does that change anything? 

  • Posted: 24 Jul 2016 17:28

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    I agree with everyone else just spend however much you can afford. Our guests were very generous, ranging from £10-£300 and some just gave a card but I didn't expect gifts so that was fine.

    My favourite gifts were from my bridesmaids they didn't spend loads but were very thoughtful. One got a romantic picnic basket  and she painted a canvas of a Lego bride and groom (we had a picnic theme and Lego bits at the wedding) another had made me a wonder women apron to wear so I wouldn't spill on my dress and a card which was very pretty and bridal on the front then you open it and it was all superhero inside. 

    Get them something thoughtful. It doesnt Need to cost lots. You could even make them up alittle  hamper with there favourite treats. 

    Posted: 24 Jul 2016 17:33

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    Do I not have to get something from their gift list?

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