Although there are no hard and fast rules around what the appropriate amount to slip into a wedding card or wishing well actually is, here’s an equation that might help take out the guesswork:
Speaking to Bustle, wedding planner Trish Simitakos suggested that 10 per cent of your pre-tax weekly salary should suffice. (So, if your weekly salary before tax is $2200, budget to shell out $220.)
So far, so straightforward. But there are a few things to keep in mind. E.g. Simitakos doesn’t specify whether this covers a couple or just one person. Also, those who have a lot of financial obligations (or don’t make a lot of money) shouldn’t feel obligated to drop this much coin on one day. After all, the price of attending a wedding - without even factoring in the gift - can be steep… Real steep.
“This is a wedding, not a fundraiser, and ultimately you 'should' be invited because the couple wants to share their celebration with you," Simitakos added. "The key is to make a budget for yourself and stick to it. There are many creative ways to participate, without going broke."
Something to think about next time an invite turns up in the mail.