In China, wedding is a big event for not only the newly-weds, but also the two families. Before the wedding, the groom should present grand gifts to the bride family, on the other hand, the bride will bring wedding dowry to the groom’s family. Bride’s dowry is mainly interior ornaments or daily necessities. Of course, wealthy parents always have the option of throwing in some real estate or couple of servant girls. Followed are some traditional wedding dowries in China.
The bride family should bring gold jewelries. One pair of chopsticks which indicate "fast son" is included in the dowry list. There are also many other basic items with symbol meaning, including two bowls tied up with red string which is called "sons and grandsons bowls"; toilet kettle; bed spread and pillows and quilt embroidered with dragon-phoenix design; scissors and ruler; wallet and belt, sliced candy; tea sets including tea pot, tea cups and tea tray; clothe wrapped together with cypress leaves, lotus seeds, lucky money, dried fruit such as dragon eyes. Nowadays, as the economy developed fast in China, most brides families will provide some home appliances to the dowry list, such as refrigerator, washing machine or air-condition.
These days, people will not follow the custom strictly, but it’s still a ritual for a wedding in China. There are some differences for the wedding dowry list, but the wedding dowry itself is kept.