Singapore Expats Forum

Hindu wedding - How much to give?

Discuss about life in Singapore. Ask about cost of living, housing, travel, etiquette & lifestyle. Share experience & advice with Singaporeans & expat staying in Singapore.

Sponsored by:
Image
AE Logistics - Movers & Storage

User avatar
the lynx
Governor
Governor
Posts: 5239
Joined: Thu, 09 Dec 2010
Location: Midgar

Hindu wedding - How much to give?

Postby the lynx » Tue, 03 Jun 2014 3:10 pm

I received an invitation to a Hindu wedding.

I'm aware that money gifts are also practised in Hindu weddings. How much should I give and is there a special Indian money envelope to put it in?

Note: It is a wedding ceremony with seven steps ritual (not sure if it is at town hall or temple). Not hotel reception. Bride is an old friend. Will be wearing a traditional dress in keeping with the tradition (and the fun).

Hope fellow Indian forum regulars can help with this.

User avatar
rajagainstthemachine
Manager
Manager
Posts: 2789
Joined: Sat, 24 Nov 2012
Location: Singapore

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Tue, 03 Jun 2014 3:24 pm

monetary denominations for auspicious occasions are below
11
21
51
101
201
501
1001

A gift envelope usually works for most practical purposes, wear a lot of jewelery and look like a Christmas tree :lol:
To get there early is on time and showing up on time is late

User avatar
sundaymorningstaple
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 34258
Joined: Thu, 11 Nov 2004
Location: Still Fishing!
Contact:

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 03 Jun 2014 4:49 pm

^This. Been to a few of them. Bling City!

User avatar
the lynx
Governor
Governor
Posts: 5239
Joined: Thu, 09 Dec 2010
Location: Midgar

Postby the lynx » Wed, 04 Jun 2014 2:43 pm

rajagainstthemachine wrote:monetary denominations for auspicious occasions are below
11
21
51
101
201
501
1001

A gift envelope usually works for most practical purposes, wear a lot of jewelery and look like a Christmas tree :lol:


Thanks for the figure.

Is it expensive to hold a wedding at a temple? I heard that Hindu weddings are a very lavish and elaborate affair and take several days.

User avatar
rajagainstthemachine
Manager
Manager
Posts: 2789
Joined: Sat, 24 Nov 2012
Location: Singapore

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Wed, 04 Jun 2014 3:29 pm

the lynx wrote:
rajagainstthemachine wrote:monetary denominations for auspicious occasions are below
11
21
51
101
201
501
1001

A gift envelope usually works for most practical purposes, wear a lot of jewelery and look like a Christmas tree :lol:


Thanks for the figure.

Is it expensive to hold a wedding at a temple? I heard that Hindu weddings are a very lavish and elaborate affair and take several days.



In India:

Nobody usually marries in a temple unless
a.) the families are really poor
b.) the temple is really outstanding/historical/holy
The normal preference is to rent a marriage hall with a large kitchen and host the wedding there.
the marriage halls can range from budget to really lavish depending on how deep your pockets go.
Traditionally the marriages could upto 5 days but this is no longer practised
But of late nobody has the time a typical marriage lasts a day or two. The second day is party/dinner/lunch with some dancing.


In Singapore:

I haven't seen these marriage halls
booking out the whole temple for a day or two here is going to be a prohibitively costly affair and I haven't seen that much here as well.
on a side note I've also heard of stories where people go through all these lavish weddings and then get divorced in a week :o
To get there early is on time and showing up on time is late


  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Staying, Living in Singapore”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests