How much should a wedding present cost?
I have been invited to a wedding next month from a pretty close friend (he doesn’t read this blog- I think). I like going to weddings; weddings have a “this is your life” feel to it (and, if you think about it, the only other time you have a “this is your life” experience is at a funeral) and everyone is always happy at weddings. No, I am not a wedding crasher. Who do you think I am?
But I always get pensive right after I get the wedding invitation. The first question that comes to mind is always “what the heck do I get these people?” especially if they are not on a registry. When people get married in their 20′s that’s an easy question to answer. No one has anything good; our futons were used as couches, our utensil’s a mis-match and we all had about 2 plates to our name (chipped too). When you hit your 30′s though….your friends have nice stuff so what do you get them?
Which always leads to the next question- how much money do you spend on a wedding present? It use to be that $100 was the magic mark in my mind- Eaton’s use to sell silver salt and pepper shakers for $89.99 (wow, I just dated myself making an Eaton’s reference). But, with inflation and the increasing expectations of a consumption society, $100.00 doesn’t buy you what it use to.
What’s the guide anymore? How much do you spend on a wedding present? Or, if you have been married lately, what did you consider an overly cheap present or overly expensive (here’s your chance to complain about Aunt Jackie’s present and use a fake name doing it). Thoughts?