Changing face of wedding gifts
Presents fall out of favour as newlyweds request money from guests
Invited to a wedding this year? Need to splash out on a new outfit? Hotel for the night? At some point you’ll also have to decide what to give the newlyweds as a wedding gift, and how much to spend.
If you’re lucky the bride and groom will have provided a wedding gift list to pick from. But in recent years there’s been a move away from traditional gifts, such as kitchen equipment or crockery, towards donations to a specific fund or even just cold hard cash.
We asked 2,000 people about their wedding present experiences and found the most common gift these days is indeed money.
More than a third (36%) said this is what they most commonly give, 29% said they usually give a present chosen from a weddding list, while 23% give a gift of their own choosing.
So how much should you spend or give for a wedding gift?
Our respondents said it depends whose wedding it is and whether they’re a day guest or only there for the evening party. The average spend for a day guest on a wedding gift is £89, with immediate family members deserving the biggest spend of £137. For evening guests the average spend was still a generous £70, with a work colleague receiving £57.
And wedding gifts can actually be a source of trouble. One in five (21%) said they’ve been upset over a wedding gift, and 18% saying they’ve even fallen out with someone over one. Maybe that’s not a surprise when you consider some of the more unusual wedding gifts people told us they’ve given or received:
Bottles of cider
Box of electrical fuses
Lump of amethyst
Bag of hay
What were the popular wedding gifts in previous decades
We take a trip down memory lane to look at what our parents and grandparents had on their wedding lists. Choose a decade to learn more.