Only 18 percent usually give less than that, while 21 percent give $100to $150, and 26 percent go above $150. Whats really fascinating and not at all meant to influence which friends and family you invite to your wedding, of course is what those numbers look like when sorted by geography and age. Northeasterners, for instance, are typically the biggest givers. About 30 percent of those surveyed from the region said they give $200 or more to close friends and family members, while only 13 percent of people from other parts of the U.S. give that much. When theyre attending weddings of more distant relatives or acquaintances, 46 percent of Northeasterners said they give $100 or more, compared to 24 percent of people from other regions. Its also apparently not just a stereotype that older wedding guests are more likely to give cash or a check than something from a registry: 46 percent of those aged 72 or older, along with 35 percent of those aged 53-71, said that was their typical gift form. That could have to do with tradition or with the relative ease with which they can write a check versus logging on to registry websites. By contrast, Gen Xers (ages 37-52) are big on physical gifts from aregistry, at 34 percent, followed by millennials (ages 18-36) at 24 percent. The survey also confirmed previous reports that some guests are just saying no to weddings because of the high costs involved. Among all respondents, 21 percent said they would decline an invitation if they felt they couldnt afford it.
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