I will: Wedding guests still spending big on gifts


Have you down-scaled your wedding gifts? Or perhaps even turned down an invitation rather than wince at the prices on the bridal registry? Then you're in the minority, according to a recent survey by Brides.com and the AP.

The poll showed that 90% of guests at wedding still give generous gifts, more in the $100-199 category than any other. Some 63% of those surveyed said they would feel obligated to send a gift even if they did not make it to the wedding.

Pre-wedding celebrations weren't so generously treated, however, with only 10% gifting at the engagement party, and 37% at the bridal shower. As you might expect, the age of the guest makes a huge difference. About 72% of geezers feel obligated to gift, compared to 53% of those under 30.