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HAMILTON ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 06: Denise and Mark Duffield-Thomas pose after renewing their vows for the 79th time at Daydream Island Resort on November 6, 2010 in the Whitsunday Islands, Australia. Denise and Mark Duffield-Thomas winners of "The Ultimate Job - Honeymoon Testers" competition for Ireland's Runaway Bride and Groom visited Queensland on the last leg of the 12 month honeymoon promotion testing wedding venues across the world. As part of the promotion the couple will attempt to break the World Guinness Record for the most number of "wedding vows" renewed by a couple, currently 83. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Wedding season is underway! Wondering how much your gift should cost?

With wedding season in full swing, guests everywhere are asking the same question….

How much money should I give the newlyweds? Though most guests will spend an average of $109 this year, the average cost rises to around $150 if the recipient is a close family member.

What’s the most expensive gift you’ve purchased for a bride and groom?



Looking for a few inexpensive gift ideas? Check these out below!

Date Night in a Box – it’s a thoughtful, cheap gift that can help newlyweds feel connected. Using  decorative shoe boxes fill the “Date Night Box” with the following items:

Honeymoon Gear 

  • Beach Vacation: A couple of matching beach towelssunscreen, and some good beach reads.
  • Adventurous Vacation: Skiing or hiking trips could use a first-aid kit, sunglasses, trail mix, and a disposable camera.
  • Theme Park Vacation: Mickey Mouse ears for the bride and groom, matching T-shirts, and water bottles.
  • European Vacation: Maps for the countries they’re visiting, cute passport holders, and luggage tags.
  • Road Trip: A prepaid gas card, road maps, mix CDs, and some healthy snacks

Future Wine

Visit a local wine and spirits shop and speak to the wine expert there. Ask for a semi-inexpensive bottle of             wine (in the $20 to $40 range) that will taste even better in 10 years. Then, you can wrap the bottle with                a note that instructs the bride and groom to drink up and toast their love on their 10th anniversary.