Q: My best friend was married almost a year ago in Mexico and has begun complaining about the people who they have yet to receive gifts from. Is it necessary for the guests to purchase a gift even after spending a lot of money on travel expenses for the wedding?
A: Traditionally, a wedding invitation is associated with a gift obligation. Even with an out-of-town wedding, the traditional responsibilities for a guest is to pay for transportation to and from the wedding, lodging expenses, and a wedding gift. There is no standard regarding the cost of a gift however, and if the guests have a limited budget they may give a simple inexpensive gift. Another option is for several of the guests to join together in the purchase of a gift and give it from the group of them. It’s the thought that counts in this case.