Wedding season is in full force, and if you are trying to be frugal because you don’t have the extra money to spend or you are trying to pay off debt, then this can be a scary time. Please note, if you are a bridesmaid, then you definitely should read this article about cost saving ideas for bridesmaids.
Wedding season doesn’t have to be scary if you plan ahead. Set a total gift budget and stick to it. Look at your current and upcoming expenses and then identify what you can afford. Typically weddings have a few events associated with them: Bridal Shower, Bachelorette, and the Ceremony, so your budget should be based on what you can afford for all of the events. For example, if you only can spend $100, then the $100 should cover gifts for the shower, bachelorette, and ceremony. However, be sure to save the bulk of the money for the wedding gift.
According to a 2010 study by WeddingChannel.com, guests typically spend $60 to $120 for the wedding gift. Friends spend about $79 and family members tend to spend $146. Depending on your financial situation this could be a lot of money, however, know that your love and affection for the couple isn’t dependent on the gift. Do what you can as most couples invited you for a reason and are happy that you attended. This is especially true if you are traveling from out of town and have to spend a small fortune on travel.
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Next time you go to a wedding, what gift will you get? Be sure to let me know!
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