Give Good Vibes! Remember these 5 Numbers to Help You Give the Perfect Cash Gift
One of the things that makes money such an amazing wedding gift is that it’s actually a very traditional one in many cultures. We think it’s pretty amazing that there’s a huge range of cultures with unique traditions that are all intended to give newlyweds a bit of a boost as they start a life together.
The only tricky part is knowing knowing and understanding how to give in the most thoughtful way in a culture you may not be familiar with. Fortunately, we’re here to help!
Below you’ll find tips for giving in culturally significant or auspicious numbers, as well as some that are considered bad omens (and should be avoided). Use them to give the perfect gift for every wedding!
If you’re going to a Chinese wedding
In Chinese culture, eight is considered an auspicious number. When giving a gift of money (the traditional gift in Chinese culture), amounts involving the number eight, like $88 or $188, are considered lucky.
If you don’t want to give an amount with the number eight in it, choose another even number since odd numbers are traditionally associated with funerals. Also avoid sums involving the number four, since it’s considered unlucky.
If you’re going to a Hindu wedding
In Hindu culture numbers ending in one are considered lucky, so make sure to add $1 to whatever amount you’re planning on giving. For example, if you were planning on giving $100, make it $101.
If you’re going to an Italian wedding
In traditional Italian culture, the number 17 is considered unlucky, since the numeral XVII translates to “I have lived” in Latin. While slightly less common in the U.S. (where the number 13 is unlucky), adjusting a gift amount to avoid including the number 17 likely won’t hurt.
If you’re going to a Japanese wedding
Cash gifts are part of the traditions of a Japanese wedding, but avoid giving gifts including the number nine. Avoiding the number nine is important, since its pronunciation is similar to the word for ‘suffering’.
If you’re going to a Jewish wedding
Gifts using the number 18 (or in a multiple of it) are symbolic of giving ‘chai’ (or life). Giving a gift in a multiple of 18 (like $90, $108 or $188) is a way to add a little extra thoughtfulness to your cash gift.