Do you know how much money to put into a wedding wishing well? With many couples marrying later in life, it seems that most couples already have what they need to start their life together and would prefer that their wedding guests contribute money towards their wishing well rather than bother with gifts. Whilst some people are put off by this, I personally prefer it, as it means I don’t have to walk around the shops in a daze trying to figure out what to buy.
Without getting into the etiquette debate, this following article will give you some pointers to consider when determining how much money to give the couple. Remember there are no hard and fast rules to follow and they are several ways to figure out an amount that you are comfortable with.
As a general rule, I always try to choose an amount that will cover the cost per head, or as close to this amount as reasonable. This way my ‘gift’ is covering the price of my being there including meals and drinks.
If figuring out the cost per head is too complicated, another rule of thumb I use is $50-$100 to couples who I do not know that well and $100-$200 for close friends and family.
If you don’t feel comfortable giving money, you could the bride and groom give gift card vouchers to the same value. However, try to opt for vouchers that the couple frequent, or a gift card that can be used at many stores such as wishcards.