There are people out there right now who are thinking of chirping birds and restaurant tables out on the sidewalk when spring comes around soon. You’re thinking however that where there is spring, Memorial Day can’t be far behind. And since the months after Memorial Day happen to be the unofficial matrimonial season in America, that means this is the time you need to scramble for funds to buy presents for all the weddings you’ve promised to attend. How much would be appropriate to spend on a gift? People may spend more in absolute terms on their weddings each year; but inflation-adjusted, it does appear that people seem to be cutting down on what their weddings cost. The couple whose wedding you be buying a gift for, will probably understand it you want to save a little on the cost of your wedding presents too. As the websites specializing in weddings let you know, spending anything around $100 is appropriate for a close friend; spending $50 more would be appropriate for a family member.
If you are anxious to save money on the wedding presents you buy this season, there is one thing you can do to help your case – you can develop a quick trigger finger for the mouse. Not every item on that wedding registry on Amazon or elsewhere is priced the same. If you check often enough, you could save in two ways – you could get to take a less expensive item on the list; and then, you could have the luck to land an item that happens to be on sale. If you plan to buy something on a wedding registry at another store, you do need to remember that you need to do something about how to another friend or family member of the marrying couple, that item might still appear to be open. You need to do something about that.
As a general rule, people are happier with expensive gifts than they are with cheaper ones. Sometimes, they would give up many low-cost gifts if they could get one large one in exchange. If most of the items on a wedding registry cost more than you are able to spend, you could consider putting out feelers to other invitees to the wedding to see if they would be interested in buying a group gift. When enough people get in on the group, you could afford together, to buy something that is truly lavish. Of course, the $50 you contribute to the present doesn’t seem like much. But the couple surely would be pleased with something they could get a lot of enjoyment out of.
What do you do if you are invited to the bridal shower as well as to the wedding? Does the etiquette require two separate gifts? Two gifts are certainly required; they don’t have to both be worth the same though. The rule for such a thing would be to make up your mind first how much you are willing to spend in all on buying presents for that person. Of course if you are expected to travel long distances to attend either event and pay for your own accommodations, you will be expected to not spend as lavishly on the gift as you otherwise might. Whatever total figure you have in mind, the wedding presents are usually meant to be worth the most – mark them up for half of your budget. A bachelorette party should take up about 10%, and the wedding shower and the engagement gift together should account for the rest.