I'm attending a wedding...how do I know what's an appropriate gift to give ?
So I'm attending a wedding and not really sure what an appropriate gift should be. The first step when considering a gift for a new couple is to inquire about a registry. Many couples will have list of the stores that they are registered at when sending invitations. In the event that you choose not to go with an item on the registry, a monetary gift would be the next best alternative. As a new couple, it's highly likely that the couple will be thankful for anything that they receive.
How much should I give?
The first thing to consider is how well you know the couple. Is this a coworker, an acquaintance, or someone that you're very close with? If the individual is someone that's more of an acquaintance a monetary gift of no less than 50 dollars would be appropriate. If the couple is a friend or loved one, a gift of 100+ dollars would be more fitting.
The next thing to consider is whether or not you are bringing a guest to the event. Truth is this couple is spending quite a bit of money to accommodate you and your guest. There are many costs to having a wedding. So if you're bringing someone its only right that your gift reflects that consideration to the couple. While there is no rulebook or blueprint to gifts when it comes to a wedding, remember that the couple has spent a great deal of time, money and effort to make this day special. While they ultimately appreciate your presence and support on their special day, they will also appreciate you investing into their lifelong commitment.