Wedding season is truly on the way with lots of summer celebrations coming up in the next few months.
This has left us wondering, how much is enough to give to a newly married couple? Or should you buy a gift instead?
Well, one Dublin wedding expert believes that people shouldn’t be pressured to give cash and that they can opt for gift ideas instead.
Shell Holden, from SaveMyDay.ie, told Dublin Live how much money you should put in a card.
Shell says: “If you would prefer to give cash and wonder how much to give there are a few factors that you can consider.
“The average amount given at an Irish wedding is €50 – €200, and what level on the scale you choose to give depends on how close you are to the couple, are you bringing a plus one, how much is the meal of the wedding you are attending, and most importantly how much you can afford.
“It is important to not pressurise yourself into feeling that you need to give a certain level of cash, remember that you are invited to the wedding as the couple want to celebrate their special day with their nearest and dearest, and that includes you.”
Shell has also come up with a list of alternative gifts to give to wedding couples rather than cash presents, if you’d prefer to give a present.
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Shell is a fan of giving gifts from Irish businesses as wedding presents as an alternative to cash presents.
SaveMyDay.ie recommend the following:
A hotel or restaurant voucher
This could be for the hotel or venue of the wedding, with the idea that the couple can revisit the same venue that they said ‘I Do’ in on a future anniversary.
Alternatively, you could choose a restaurant that you know is a favourite of newlyweds, or a cuisine that they are fans of.
There are also vouchers available for collections and groups of Irish venues and businesses that can be redeemed across a number of venues giving the couple a range of options of where they would like to spend it for example Press Up Group and Ireland’s Blue Book.
Find your signature gift
A great way to simplify the wedding present decision process is to select a signature gift that you always give at every wedding you attend.
These could include a bottle of spirit from an Irish distillery from the year of the wedding, with a note to say to enjoy it on a future anniversary, or a woollen blanket or throw from an Irish weavers, and a print of the city that the couple met, live in or is significant to their relationship.
There are so many fantastic Irish businesses, creators and makers to choose from for the ideal wedding gift.
This wedding feature is in collaboration with Irish wedding website SaveMyDay.ie. It was launched by Dublin couple Ian Menzies and Shell Holden and showcases unique, amazing and alternative Irish venues available to hire for weddings.
The online platform connects couples with ceremony and party venues that are the right fit for them – whatever their style, their guest size and their budget.
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