Southerners thrive on the phrase “bigger is better,” and weddings are certainly included in this mantra. In Dixie, you'll easily find up to 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen in the wedding party. After all, you can’t leave out your college roommate, your childhood best friend, or your fiancé’s siblings. And, often, the newlywed couple purchases gifts for their wedding party. How much should the bride and groom actually spend? It’s always smart for the newlyweds to make the decision together; this helps to avoid any awkward over-spending faux pas. Consider how much the wedding party has spent to be there. If the bridesmaids and groomsmen have traveled to be in the ceremony or bought expensive suits and dresses, the wedding party gifts should be a little more expensive. Normally, couples spend around $75-$150 per person. Even if the gifts are small, the people who’ve supported the bride and groom through their wedding day will be very grateful.

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