Wedding is not only a combination of the bride and the groom, but also the two families. In China, there are so many customs before and after the wedding. Before getting married, the groom family will present "Grand Gifts" to the bride’s family.
All gifts should come in even numbers, meaning "good things double". Some gifts are seasonal or not readily available in some parts of the world. As long as you present some of the gifts on the list in even numbers, it is a wonderful gesture that shows respect to the bride’s family. The groom family should also give the bride family Li Shi Money. The amount is determined by the groom’s family, usually contains the number 9, such as $99, $999, etc.
Jewelries, such as gold dragon-phoenix bangle will be included. Two families discuss the design and cost before purchase. Dried seafood and mushroom and Fat dish. Fat dish is a must as it symbolize fortune and prosperity. Seafood to be presented in four, six or eight items, which include sea cucumber, clam, shrimp, squid, shark fins, etc.
Besides that, three poultries and two pair of raw chicken – two males and two females; 2 to 4 kilograms of pork, shoulder-cut, meaning "double fly" are also included. Two pair of fish bring "fish smell", same pronunciation as "lively air." Two pair of coconut is also needed, which pronounced as "ye zi", same as "grandfather and son". Wine or liquor, four bottles together. Four Dried Fruits, dragon eyes, leechy, chestnuts, shelled peanuts, contained in a red, wooden decorated box named Tie Box. Other items in the Tie Box include lotus seeds, lily, cypress leaf, sesame, red beans, green beans, red dates, and red string, Li Shi money, dragon-phoenix candles a pair, and red banners one set. Tea, two cans. Tea is planted with seeds. Tea as a gift implies that the family will have more seeds after the wedding.
The grand gifts are not only plentiful but also need to follow the number rule strictly. People believed that it will bring good fortune and family prosperity.