Ask A Guru: Wedding Gift Dilemma
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Q: My friend is getting married and I’m going to be a bridesmaid. The problem is, the wedding has been pushed to only 2 months away so that means I have to pay for both cross-country plane tickets for me and my date, as well as a bridal shower gift and wedding gift all around the same time. Do I spend equal amounts of money on both gifts?
A: Everyone is more budget conscious these days, so nobody is expecting overly pricey gifts.¬† If you’re in the wedding, it is tradition to give both a bridal shower gift and a wedding gift.¬† The general rule of thumb for bridal shower gifts is $25-$75, but considering your situation I would say $50 would be enough. If it’s a couple’s shower, than stick with home gifts they can both use, but if it’s just for the ladies, you could get something fun for just the bride to enjoy. Stay away from the raunchy stuff though, since the bride’s family is usually present at the shower.
For the wedding gift itself, the usual range for someone who is a close friend or family is $100, but I would say anything $75 would be enough. The couple will appreciate anyone who’s traveling a great distance for their special day, so even if you get them something small for the wedding, they consider your presence at the wedding a gift in itself. You can always split the cost of presents with your significant others or another bridesmaid and/or guest.
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