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How Much Should You Gift at Weddings?

The age-old question is finally answered and it's all based on your relationship to the bride and groom. 

I used to keep track of all of the wedding gifts we had given to our friends and family. This was mostly to make sure it was kept even amongst everyone so as to avoid an awkward moment when two couples realized they received two (possibly drastically) different amounts for their nuptials. I was constantly utilizing my handmade formula that weighted the value of our relationship, the estimated cost of the wedding per plate and what our personal out of pocket costs were. This was a lot of work and completely unnecessary. So instead, I have begun referring to this handy chart of what to gift and to whom broken out by the dollar amount. 

Remember this is only a rough guide and you should only gift what you can comfortably afford. Your friend or family member will hopefully be grateful just for your presence and never hold you gift amount against you. These suggestions are per guest. 

$50.00 - $100.00
These people are your acquaintances, coworkers and distant relatives. If you are more than just a coworker and spend extensive time outside drinking wine and pinning, then err on the higher end of this spectrum. 

$100.00 - $150.00
Close friends fall into this category. These are your besties, your sisters from other misters, brothers from other mothers, your gal pals and your bosom buddies. It is very important to consider in this category what your personal expenditures for the wedding were whether they were travel or bachelor/shower related. 

$150.00 - $200.00
Close relatives weddings' require you to dig a little deeper into your pockets. Although your gift doesn't have a direct correlation to how much you like the couple under the chuppah, it does unfortunately have some indication of how excited you how for their union. Never got into debt, but be sure to share the love with a little extra green for your close relative's wedding. 


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Wedding Flowers For All Seasons

As someone who is currently planning her own wedding, I know how important it is to stay in budget and also how difficult it is to stay within said budget. The number one way to decrease cost is to decrease the guest list - but that isn't always possible. Another way to lower costs? Florals.

Flowers can eat up on average 8-10% of your overall budget. That means a 25k wedding means about $2,500 in flowers. To lower that cost, use ferns as fillers and most importantly, use flowers that are local and in-season. Here's a list of the top in-season flowers for each month to help you craft your very own in-season and cost effective blooms:


January

Rananculus

(Michael George Flowers)
(Michael George Flowers)

Paper Whites

(Michael George Flowers)
(Michael George Flowers)

Snap Dragon
Stephanotis

February
Lillium Stargazer
Liatris
Larkspur
Sunflower
Delphimium

(Michael George Flowers)
(Michael George Flowers)

Hydrangea

(Michael George Flowers)
(Michael George Flowers)

March
Freesia
Cornflower

(Michael George Flowers) (Michael George Flowers)

Gerbera
Hydrangea
Iris
Tulip
Scabiosa

(Michael George Flowers)
(Michael George Flowers)

April
Tulip
Alstromeria

(Michael George Flowers)
(Michael George Flowers)

Ranunculus
Snap Dragon
Stock
Lisianthus
Peonies

(Michael George Flowers)
(Michael George Flowers)

May
Peonies
Gerbera
Cornflower
Freesia

(Michael George Flowers)
(Michael George Flowers)

Iris
Orchids
Tulips
Sunflowers

(Teleflora)
(Teleflora)

June
Daffodils

(Michael George Flowers)
(Michael George Flowers)

Delphimium
Peonies
Roses
Freesia
Orchids
Lilies

(Park Avenue Floratique)
(Park Avenue Floratique)

July
Zinnia

(Katelyn James)
(Katelyn James)

Kangaroo Paw

(Park Avenue Floratique)
(Park Avenue Floratique)

Magnolia
Sunflowers
Lisianthus
Calla Green Goddess

August
Sunflowers
Daffodils
Freesia
Iris
Zinnia
Magnolia

(Josevilla)
(Josevilla)

Orchid
Pussy Willow

(Teleflora)
(Teleflora)

September
Hyacinthus

(Gabriel Awakeham)
(Gabriel Awakeham)

Zinnia
Gerbera
Freesia
Roses

(Teleflora)
(Teleflora)

October
Alstromeria
Freesia
Magnolia
Roses
Sunflowers
Gerbera
Iris

(Gabriel Awakeham)
(Gabriel Awakeham)

November
Gerbera
Iris
Liatris
Kangaroo Paw
Lsianthus
Peonies
Roses
Snap Dragons

(Michael George Flowers)
(Michael George Flowers)

December
Poppies

(Michael George Flowers)
(Michael George Flowers)

Calla Lilies
Gardenias

(Elizabeth Messina)
(Elizabeth Messina)

Liatris
Larkspur
Stephanotis
Sunflower

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