Wednesday 22 August 2018

How much do you give as a gift for a wedding?

Now I prefer a gift list.

One that varies in prices.

I can take my pick, purchase and present the Bride and Groom with a gift.

But in the modern day, most couples have been living together for a while before tying the knot and usually have everything for their home already.

So that just leaves cash or a voucher.

On average in the UK, we spend about £44 per person on a wedding present, versus the happy couple's expectation of just £30.

Over on Mumsnet people suggest £50 for a friend and a £100 family.

Somehow a £50 gift feels more than £50 cash. 

I asked twitter their opinion for a wedding where Peter was best man and for his nieces wedding this September. The results varied from £50 up to £200 for both. We made a decision, we could have afforded more, but just because we can doesn't mean we should. 

For child 2 and 4, we gave a cash donation for their actual wedding. We gave 2 money to spend on his honeymoon, we'll do the same for 4 as an extra gift.

Have you been to a wedding recently? Was there a gift list or a request for cash/vouchers? Have you got married recently? What was the average amount of cash/cost of gift you received?


  1. I think £50 is adequate. Nearly every wedding I've been to lately the couple have that long gft list too.

    1. I prefer the gift list, but most want cash these days

  2. We give £50 cash as most people we know already live together so it can be put to what they want. Cash seems to be preferred nowadays rather than gifts! Thanks for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

    1. sounds about the amount most people are suggesting