This Map Shows How Much People Spend On Wedding Gifts in Each State

How does your state stack up?

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There’s an etiquette rule for every aspect of a wedding, it seems, from what to wear if you’re a guest to how early to send out the invites if you’re the betrothed. But one tricky issue remains: How much should you spend on the wedding gift?

Luckily, several experts are sharing their tips, so you make the right move at your Summer 2017 weddings. The most important thing to remember is to bring a gift of some sort, but you can get a little creative about what it is.

“Giving gifts to the wedding couple is a longstanding tradition to show love and support,” says etiquette expert The Emily Post Institute. “As times change, gifts may range from traditional housewares to money towards a trip or a house. When choosing a gift, consider what the bride and groom may need as they begin a new life together.”

Cash vs. Gifts

It really is a personal preference whether you’d like to gift wrap something or just throw your gift in an envelope. If you do choose to bring a physical gift, though, make sure you buy something from the registry. A survey by The Knot and Kohl’s found almost 85 percent of brides would rather you buy something they already pointed out on a registry rather than trying to get creative. The Knot recommends going in on one amazing gift with all of your friends, so the couple will receive their biggest wish list items that they probably can’t afford on their own.

How much should you spend on such a gift? Try to spend about as much as you would if you were writing a check. A boxed gift is no excuse to be cheap!

A Gift of Money

According to the blog from Tendr, a cash gift-giving website, the national average for a gift of money is $160. That increases a bit during the busy summer wedding season, with an average of $174, but it’s lower in the winter, with an average of $147.

Typical gift amounts depend on the geographic location of the wedding, too. For example, Tendr reports the lowest-earning brides and grooms have their weddings in Arkansas (average gift of $73), while the newlyweds walking away with the largest gifts get hitched in Vermont (average gift of $245).

The Knot suggests you start at $50 but consider increasing the amount given per person in your party if the event is in a big city, because the wedding itself will cost more, or if you’re super close to the bride or groom. But Glamour Magazine says it’s fine to round down a little if you had to travel far for the ceremony or if you’ve already attended – and gave a gift at – a bride or groom’s previous nuptials.

Cash Trends by State

Tendr compiled how much people, on average, are spending by state. See where yours stacks up.

Remember, though, the most important part of a wedding is the couple and the love they share. Your friends and family still want to celebrate with you even if you can’t give quite what you’d like to; they’ll understand!

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Alabama

Average cash gift amount: $101

Alaska

Average cash gift amount: $150

Arizona

Average cash gift amount: $115

Arkansas

Average cash gift amount: $73

California

Average cash gift amount: $150

Colorado

Average cash gift amount: $141

Connecticut

Average cash gift amount:  $200

District of Columbia

Average cash gift amount: $177

Delaware

Average cash gift amount: $184

Florida

Average cash gift amount: $176

Georgia

Average cash gift amount: $133

Hawaii

Average cash gift amount: $146

Idaho

Average cash gift amount: $95

Illinois

Average cash gift amount: $190

Indiana

Average cash gift amount: $86

Iowa

Average cash gift amount: $148

Kansas

Average cash gift amount: $97

Kentucky

Average cash gift amount: $143

Louisiana

Average cash gift amount: $101

Maine

Average cash gift amount: $158

Maryland

Average cash gift amount: $151

Massachusetts

Average cash gift amount: $167

Michigan

Average cash gift amount: $104

Minnesota

Average cash gift amount: $101

Missouri

Average cash gift amount: $109

Mississippi

Average cash gift amount: $88

Montana

Average cash gift amount: $138

Nebraska

Average cash gift amount: $115

Nevada

Average cash gift amount: $164

New Hampshire

Average cash gift amount: $136

New Jersey

Average cash gift amount: $198

New Mexico

Average cash gift amount: $103

New York

Average cash gift amount: $191

North Carolina

Average cash gift amount: $109

North Dakota

Average cash gift amount: $86

Ohio

Average cash gift amount: $164

Oklahoma

Average cash gift amount: $117

Oregon

Average cash gift amount: $105

Pennsylvania

Average cash gift amount: $171

Rhode Island

Average cash gift amount: $235

South Carolina

Average cash gift amount: $154

South Dakota

Average cash gift amount: $142

Tennessee

Average cash gift amount: $113

Texas

Average cash gift amount: $142

Utah

Average cash gift amount: $113

Virginia

Average cash gift amount: $144

Vermont

Average cash gift amount: $245

Washington

Average cash gift amount: $139

Wisconsin

Average cash gift amount: $110

West Virginia

Average cash gift amount: $131

Wyoming

Average cash gift amount: $108

 

 

 

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