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Quick Tips for International Wedding Gifting
By Dawn Bryan, best-
Engagements are often celebrated with an exchange of bouquets between families.
Wedding gifts are traditionally addressed to the parents of the bride and are accompanied by a note congratulating them on their daughter's marriage.
It is appropriate to send flowers to the bride at her home on the day of the wedding, especially if you cannot attend the festivities.
France is the origin of the all-
A generous wedding gift is a Jewish custom; and a gift of money is appropriate in the form of check, cash, bonds, or gift certificate.
At an Orthodox Jewish wedding, the bride and groom are often given certain traditional
gifts from parents and grandparents. For example, the groom may have received a lovely
prayer shawl (tallith) or silver kiddush cup from the bride's family; the bride might
be given special Sabbath candlesticks, Passover plate or challah knife from her new
Wedding customs concerning gifts of money differ somewhat throughout Scandinavia: In Norway, money is seldom an acceptable gift, whereas in Finland both money and checks are usually acceptable. Some banks in Finland actually have a registry for the couple: the bank collects money from family and friends, then presents the new couple with their new bank account and a list of contributors.
The Swedish bride receives three rings-
The Sunday before a Swedish wedding, the couple's friends traditionally hold a lysning-
Invitations frequently include wedding registry list and information for the guests' convenience.
Traditional gifts of money are always presented in special envelopes which are tied with gold and silver cords. A table will be set up at the entrance to the wedding hall where someone will take your envelope of money.
The bride and groom usually spend at least $50 on each gift for their departing guests.
Most Chinese give money as gifts; it is considered the most practical way to help couples start a new home. It is presented in a "red packet" (envelope). The amount given is expected to cover the cost of the guests' dinner/festivities as well as the wedding gift itself. The amount given should end with an even digit (uneven numbers relate to funerals) and should not contain the number 4 (death).
The Chinese symbol for double happiness is used on wedding cards and wrapping paper which are colored red and gold.
There are few bridal showers in most Arab countries.
Proper bridal gifts are the traditional crystal, china and silver, but do not usually include utilitarian household items such as toasters.
Gifts are usually sent to the couple after the wedding.
The reception is often held at the bride's home where gifts are displayed for the guests. Wedding gifts are often given on the day of the wedding.
The custom of Polterabend is very popular. Friends of the couple go to the bride's house on the eve of the wedding and smash dishes and pottery at the door or under her window (to break glass is considered unlucky). The loud noises should scare away bad luck; and, if the future bride sweeps up all of the broken pieces herself, she will assure her future married bliss.
There are few gift registries and money is generally not considered a suitable gift (unless from family, of course).
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