Where to Put the Money

The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis fields this week’s wedding questions. Today: Where to Put the Money



bridal purse

Heather asks: “I got an invitation to a family member’s wedding, and inside the envelope was a small silk purse. I have no idea what to do with it! What is it?”

Dear Heather: The little purse is actually a place for you to put the cash or check you’re giving as a wedding gift!

In our culture, asking for cash gifts is considered to be in poor taste. However, many countries believe it’s not only perfectly acceptable, but expected. If you attended a Japanese wedding reception, for example, you’d bring a cash gift called an Oshugi. (The amount may actually be spelled out on the invitation you receive.) Your cash gift would be enclosed in a decorative envelope called Shugi-bukuro.

In several other cultures (like Chinese, Eastern European, Russian, and Italian) where cash is given, a silk purse is the method for conveying the gift. Once you’ve decided on an amount, put it in the purse and bring it with you to the reception. The bride probably has a “money purse” that she carries with her.

For more info about giving cash gifts, visit Hudsonvalleyweddings.com's article “We Really Don't Need a Toaster.”


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Congratulations — you're involved in a wedding! Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride or hubby-to-be, an attendant or a guest, Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all your need-to-know questions about your nuptials.

Judy Lewis is the founder of HudsonValleyWeddings.com, the one-stop resource for services and products, promotions and specials, a Regional Bridal Show schedule, Wed Shop, and links to money-saving and wedding-related Web sites. In her spare time, Judy loves to compose poetry and create collages. She currently resides in Kingston with her husband and business partner, Jon.

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