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Posted by Danielle Harvey on 3 June 2022
The average cost of being a wedding guest is £541.90 which includes a new outfit, somewhere to stay, drinks and, of course, a gift. To help cut down some of this cost, the personal finance experts at Ocean Finance have run the numbers to reveal how much is appropriate to spend on a wedding present, depending on where you sit in the wedding party and whether you have an invite to the whole day or just the evening!
Acquaintances and night guests - £20-30
Going to just the evening event? Many couples will say on the invite that they're not expecting you to bring gifts. However, if you would like to bring something along as a nice gesture, spending around the £20-30 mark is standard.
Some fool-proof ideas include soft furnishings or a personalised candle. However, when purchasing something for their home, consider their taste. Do they prefer pattern and colour, or a more minimalistic style? When choosing a present, keep this in mind as you don't want to waste your money by choosing something they'll never use.
Alternatively, after the stress of planning the big day, you could win over the newlyweds by giving them all they need for a cosy night in. Fill a basket with blankets, popcorn, wine, candles or even a voucher for a takeaway could be the perfect gift without spending too much.
An all-day guest - £50-100
While many think that their gift should reflect the cost of the wedding meal, it really depends on how much you're comfortable spending. However, the average price stands at around £50 - 100.If you've blagged yourself an invite to both the day and night, you must know the couple pretty well, so consider purchasing a personalised gift. For example, you could buy them a personalised papercut print for their home, or a wine insert cheeseboard. Alternatively, these his and her champagne flutes are perfect, and there'll still be money left in your budget for a thoughtful card.
An immediate family member - £50-100
If it's your brother or sister tying the knot, you'll probably want to go the extra mile to show them you care. It's typical to spend up to £100 on wedding gifts for close family members; however, this is just a guide.
Your close family members will likely be aware of what you're able to afford, so don't spend beyond what you're comfortable with. After all, you've probably already shelled out for hen dos or stag dos by this point!
If £100 is a little too much, a nice restaurant or hotel voucher to put towards the total cost could be a thoughtful idea.In terms of a gift – if they're a foodie couple, think about where they like to eat. If they can't get enough of a certain restaurant, you could give them a gift voucher which covers their full meal. Alternatively, you could book a local Michelin-star restaurant for a real treat or purchase a hamper which includes their favourite produce.
Bridesmaid or groomsman - £50-100
For the bridal party and groomsmen, up to £100 is a typical amount to spend on a wedding gift. The happy couple has chosen you to be part of their special day, so you must be close to their hearts.You could consider stashing £20 or so away each month leading up to the big day, so you won't be left short when the time comes.
A spokesperson for Ocean Finance said, "While people might worry about how much to spend on a gift, many couples are just happy you're able to celebrate the day with them – and realise you've probably already spent money doing just that.
"If you do, however, plan on buying them a gift, we found that people tend to spend more if they're closer to the couple – with over double the spend for a family member or close friend, compared to acquaintances, such as a colleague.
"However, you don't need to spend a fortune to show how much you care and opting for a personalised or handmade gift (Etsy is great for this!) can be a thoughtful and affordable way of celebrating the newlyweds."