4 Rules for Buying a Wedding Gift

Shopping for a wedding gift? The perfect match is a present that aligns with your budget.

A young groom and bride touch foreheads and smile at each other.
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There’s no time like wedding season — with its delicate union of family, friendships and finances — to brush up on your money etiquette. 

For wedding guests, choosing an appropriate gift can be especially fraught, because it can feel a bit like putting a price tag on your relationship with the couple. There are so many questions, from how much to spend, to if you should (ever) get something that's not on the registry, to the timing of gifts if you don't want to bring a box to the wedding itself. 

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Former Staff Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance