Guests must submit a receipt if they pay via e-wallet.
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In Chinese culture, giving an ang pow at a wedding dinner is customary and expected.
However, the amount to give can be a bone of contention.
In some cases, guests may feel pressure to give a certain amount of money in their ang pow, which can be stressful and uncomfortable.
Recently, a couple printed the amount they wanted on the ang pow attached to their wedding dinner invitation card, according to Oriental Daily.
One of the guests was taken aback and shared it on social media.
He brought his wife and two children to attend the wedding banquet held in Rawang recently.
The total amount of ang pow he had to give was RM1,000.
In addition, the couple’s bank and Touch and Go (TnG) account numbers are also provided with the ang pow.
It was supposed to make it convenient for guests to transfer money, in which case guests are requested to print the receipt and put it in the red envelope so that the counter staff can confirm it.
The man questioned if such a “wedding package” is the trend in Rawang now.
A Fresh Look At Traditions
A netizen commented on a list of “rules” on the invitation, including “no alcohol is served, and guests must bring their own.”
Others commented that the couple should not hold an expensive wedding banquet if they do not have the means.
They said the wedding banquet is a sincere celebration with family and friends, not an occasion for “doing business”.
Some jokingly asked if there was any discount for senior citizens.
There’s a reason why Chinese people call a wedding invitation surat saman. Memang rasa macam kena saman. There is pressure to give a lot. Ang pow amount is recorded in a book for kira-kira. So most would find out cost of the dinner (easy with hotels) and pay at least that.— thatsmyfullname (@thatsmyfullname) June 29, 2022
Tips kahwin, make a lot of chinese friends.— -Sup- (@sboonratana) February 29, 2020
Reason: Chinese/Thai bg angpow banyak.
My wedding (xtermasuk hantaran)
Duit ‘Ang Pow’
Generally, the amount of money given in an ang pow for a Chinese wedding dinner depends on your relationship with the couple and your financial ability.
It also depends on where the banquet is held and the estimated price per table.
If you are attending with a spouse or partner, giving a higher amount is appropriate than attending alone.
Ultimately, the amount given is a personal decision based on your circumstances and the customs of the local community.