The Cost of a Gift
When giving cash as a wedding gift, it's customary to give what you would have spent on a gift. Traditionally, a wedding gift will cost $75 per person attending the wedding, though some gifts can be much more. Etiquette guru Emily Post suggests allowing your affection for the couple guide you.
Not every guest can afford a wedding gift from the registry, and most couples don't want friends and family to go broke at their expense. The Weddings of Today website suggests that a cash gift should be between $25 and $100, twice that if you bring a guest, depending upon your closeness with the couple.
Those who are uncomfortable with giving cash or uncertain about what's appropriate, or those with budgetary concerns, should look for a middle ground between traditional gifts and frugality. Give what you can, consider a gift card in lieu of cash and don't worry about breaking the bank to shell out a boatload of cash.
Kristyn Hammond has been teaching freshman college composition at the university level since 2010. She has experience teaching developmental writing, freshman composition, and freshman composition and research. She currently resides in Central Texas where she works for a small university in the Texas A&M system of schools.