Very curious to see what other people think about this subject.
It has become (in recent years) fairly socially acceptable for brides/grooms to get angry when they receive a gift instead of cash, or an amount of cash lower than the cost of a plate. I think this is incredibly rude and unbelievable.
In my opinion, a wedding is to celebrate a commitment between two people, surrounded by friends and family. It is up to the couple to decide how much they can afford to spend on a wedding and not rely on guests to supplement their wedding.
If I were to get married, I would set a budget that I can afford for the wedding. I would not expect gifts from guests, however be very grateful for them as I feel gifts should be given out of kindness, not requirement.
In short, guests should not have to pay to be at your wedding.
Most Helpful Guy
It depends how important the people getting married are to you. If you are having financial issues, I'm sure it would be understood that an expensive gift is not to be expected. Something thoughtful but cheap would be fine.
I hate the idea of gift registries and/or money. I think the joy in gift giving is finding something personal that you choose for a person you know. When I see requests for money I usually pretty much ignore them as I feel like I'm being extorted. I suppose it's practical and some would say that the couple is spending so much on a reception (if they do). As far as that goes, if people choose to spend a lot of money it's because they want to and I have no reason to subsidize that. Token but thoughtful gifts are what I usually stick with.0