A custom for a Japanese wedding ceremony


Category : Culture

If you are invited to a Japanese wedding ceremony,

If you are invited to a Japanese wedding ceremony, you will have to give the couple some money as a congratulatory gift. There is a rule regarding the amount. The first number of the money has to be odd, because if it is even, it can be separated, which means the couple may get a divorce. So giving 30,000 yen is common. 10,000 yen might be a bit low. If someone whom you love gets married to another, give them 20,000 yen. (As the economy in Japan is not so good, some people might give 20,000 yen.)

In the past, my sister was invited to a wedding party three times in a month. So she had to give 30,000 yen (90,000 yen in total) to each couple. If it happened to me, I would go bankrupt. I’m lucky to have a few friends.

I heard some people pay to arrange guests as their “friends”. Also, I heard that some people organize fake wedding parties in order to get money.

Wedding

  • The bills are expected to be new.
  • The bills are put in a special envelope for weddings.

Funeral

  • The bills are expected to be old.
  • The bills are put in a special envelope for funerals.

A joke about marriage that I saw on the net

A. I have few friends. When I get married, I can’t invite many people to my wedding ceremony. What should I do?

B. Don’t worry! Nobody wants to marry you.

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