How much money to give as wedding gift?

JetJet Forumite
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My boss is getting married next Saturday and has asked all his invitees to give money rather than buying gifts. So, no chance of me making an OS wedding gift then, which I was looking forward to doing!

Now money is really tight for me and I need to buy an outfit for myself for the wedding (the last wedding I went to was about 10 years ago!), I'll be buying my outfit from Asda, Tesco, Primark or other such cheap outlet. So as well as this I'll be spending £15 on petrol and buying drinks (soft) as I'm driving, it's not going to be a cheap day. :(

Obviously there will be entertainment at the wedding and free food and I'm sure I will have a lovely time. I will be attending with my 7 year old son and possibly my partner although it depends on his work commitments. :confused:

So my question is how much money would you give?


  • idiot_3idiot_3 Forumite
    136 Posts
    if you can do it anonymously, simply as much cash as you can reasonably afford. just put it in a plain envelope. its a bit sneaky of your boss to ask for cash anyway. he is clearly on more than you (he is your boss!) and so shouldn't need it as much.
  • bugsbugs Forumite
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    How long is a piece of string?

    Personally for a person I liked, maybe £50.

    For a work colleague as part of a collection about £10. Could you do a collection?

    Or if things are really really tight, stuff his cash request and provide him with a voucher for something that you could do timewise - eg since he's your boss maybe you would stay late/over lunch/something like that so he could slope off early to see his new bride or take her to lunch; or a voucher to baby sit (if he has children) one night when he comes back from honeymoon...that kind of thing.

    If he's a good sort (and he knows how much you get paid!) he'll understand and appreciate. You could even have a chat with him and say you would rather do something for him than just give an amount of cash that won't make much difference.

    If he's not a good sort, give him a tenner and don't worry about it ;)
    It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants. (William Cobbett)
  • squeakysqueaky Forumite
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    This one really belongs in Discussions I reckon, and I'll move it over there a little later...

    ..but on a personal note - what a rvddy cheek your boss has!

    Being a grumpy old git I'd either ignore him and find/make a gift that I wanted to give or I'd hand him a certificate saying I'd made a donation (to charity of your choice) on his behalf for whatever amount.


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  • mistymisty Forumite
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    I would tell the truth and say look I'm really sorry but I can't afford to give cash at the moment but would love to give you both something instead is that ok? and do your HM gift. I'm sure he/she will say yes and to be honest if they said no - I wouldn't want to go anyway.
  • bugsbugs Forumite
    182 Posts
    He's probably doing the cash to avoid those "lovely" ornaments from Aunty Jean and 43 kettles from the cousins, so in fact your home made present may be appreciated a lot more than his request makes out.
    It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants. (William Cobbett)
  • Personally, I think that it's very cheeky of your boss to actually ask for money in the first place & if i was in that position I would probably still make them an old style gift anyway - maybe something like a personalised photo album using a scrapbook for them to keep wedding photographs in or such.

    You never know they might appreciate a surprise!
  • BadgergalBadgergal Forumite
    531 Posts
    I agree that is cheeky and even though I am strapped for cash can never see myself doing that to people like employees, perhaps to close family but not employees (not that I have any, I am only a minion)!

    My boss knows I'm on a meagre salary and when I bought someone on the team a bday cake and card from the team he asked me how much and gave me the money, I felt embarrassed to accept it instead of waving and saying "oh that's ok" but I did...
  • I would give a little money, and still make your OS gift too. Sometimes people ask for money to stop loads and loads of toasters turning up!

    Or if you do have a good relationship with your boss, just approach him and tell him you wanted to make something, rather than give money, and see what he says, Im sure he will be understanding by the sounds of it.
  • JetJet Forumite
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    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Combo Breaker I've been Money Tipped!
    The wedding invitations were all worded the same. A little polite poem saying that they didn't want toasters etc. but if people wanted to give a gift they would like money. I do understand that as they have been living together for a few years, they don't need anything for the house.

    Now I know they are about to move house (they are selling to release equity to pay off their debts acquired from frivolous over spending) and I just know the cash will be spent on this.

    I suppose I'm annoyed that my money will just encourage more irresponsible overspending on their part. I think asking for specific vouchers would have been more appropriate and something I might do anyway - maybe something for their 3 year old little boy.
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