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Some co-workers and I are having a disagreement about what would be an appropriate amount to give as a cash gift for a wedding.  Do you have any insights?

Hi Charles!

Some co-workers and I are having a disagreement about what would be an appropriate amount to give as a cash gift for a wedding. Do you have any insights? Thanks!

– Niall, Manitoba

Hello Niall,

There is no rule about how much to give, although some people say you have to give at least the cost of your meal.

This, however, bothers me. If you invite someone to your wedding, it should be because you want him or her to join in your celebration, not because you’re trying to raise money to cover the cost of the wedding! My golden rule has always been that you should feel comfortable giving what you can afford. It is unreasonable for anyone to expect you to go into debt in order to give a present.

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