As a wedding guest how much do I spend on a gift?
(EDIT: Maybe I should have actually mentioned this, but these are all AVERAGES.)
Traditionally, etiquette states that spending between $100 and $200 is appropriate for a wedding gift, but there's other factors to consider.
First consider how close you are to the couple.
If you are quite close $150 is considered the average acceptable amount to spend on a gift.
If you are a friend, family acquaintance, or relative that doesn't consider themselves extremely close to the couple between $75-150 depending on your relationship.
Second consider your budget.
Scenario A: What if your favourite cousin is getting married but you have been laid off (thanks Covid) and you can't afford over $100 for a gift? Consider something personalized. A personalized item or something with sentimental value is a great alternative.
Scenario B: What if I'm in the wedding party? Typically the wedding party isn't expected to give gifts but this depends on the situation. If the couple paid for all of you attire, any hair/makeup, accessories a gift would be a nice gesture, but isn't required! If you've paid for everything yourself, don't feel bad if you can't afford a gift. If you feel you want to give a gift, don't feel you have to follow the "pricing guide".
Are you invited to multiple events?
If you're invited to engagement parties, showers, etc and plan on gifting at each, consider the overall cost. If you're invited to 2 events and determine $100 is what you can spend, maybe look at a few smaller gifts adding up to $40 and then find a $60 gift for the wedding.
Did you get a Save the date for next year? Plan to shop for your gift during Black Friday or Boxing Day sales to save some money. This can also allow you to get something more while staying in your budget!