Choosing a suitable wedding gift for the bride and groom presents lots of tricky questions, including “how much do I spend? Should I buy from the traditional gift list?”
We surveyed 1,003 adults in the UK to examine the present buying habits of wedding guests and it was interesting to learn that the average person now spends £65 on a wedding present for the big day – clearly we’re are a very generous bunch!
But who is the most generous guest at a wedding? Unsurprisingly, it is fathers of the bride who dig deepest for their daughter’s special day and spend around £80 on average. Members of the bridal party followed closely and were seen to spend generously on their nearest and dearest, averaging £73 on a gift.
The study also looked at those who were more conservative spenders, revealing that millennials were most likely to tighten the purse strings, spending an average of £41 on a present. It then identified that evening guests tend to spend the least at just £23 – but this is understandable if they’re not attending the full day of celebrations.
Learning how much the average person spends is one thing, but it’s also interesting to learn the most popular type of presents. It was monetary gifts (44%) that topped the list as the best way to spoil the happy couple, highlighting that many weddings guests prefer to let the couple choose their own gift.
Other popular presents include something for the home (21%) or a bottle of something alcoholic (9%) – a great way to toast to the happy couple!
In fact, of those buying gifts, many of today’s guests will choose to avoid the traditional gift list completely, with only 1 in 5 (20%) opting for a present on the couple’s wish list.
It’s clear that wedding guests are taking things into their own hands when choosing a gift for the newlyweds. It’s great to see so many people wanting to treat their loved ones with a present to celebrate the special day, even if they don’t choose a present from the couple’s gift list.
Financial presents make a great choice because the newlyweds are able to put this towards something they really want, whether it be a romantic honeymoon, furnishings for the home or some new electronics – the options are endless.