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Wedding GiftsYou’re invited! What next? June is the most popular month to tie the knot so many will be invited to attend and celebrate wedding vows over the next several months.

What’s the buzz? Is it OK to gift cash? What if you are attending multiple wedding-related events for the same couple?

One of the first things to consider is your relationship to the couple. Generally, the closer you are to the bride or groom, the more you should invest in a gift. Some experts suggest the following spend limits:

  • Co-worker or distant friend - $50
  • Friend or relative - $100
  • Close friend or close relative - $150 or more

If you are bringing a guest, or multiple family members are invited, consider gifting more since it is more expensive for the bride and groom to host all members of your party.

What if you are attending showers and engagement parties too?

If you are a close friend or relative, this is likely the case. Experts suggest bringing gifts to all functions, but to spread out your overall gift budget. For example, perhaps you bring a $20 gift to the engagement party, another small gift to a bridal shower and then a final gift of $120 for the wedding.

What about gift cards?

Since couples postponing marriage longer, they may already have many of their home necessities. Thus, gift cards and even money is quickly becoming the most popular wedding gift of all. Couples use the funds for their honeymoon, or toward the down payment of a home. Times have changed, so no judgement.

If you are not giving cash, try to stick to the registry. In fact, nearly 85 percent of brides surveyed said they want you to select from the registry. You can’t go wrong, since the couple personally picked their registry items.

Bottom line.

Gift within your budget. Brides and grooms want your presence, more than your presents, on their special day.

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