Gift Ideas for a Malaysian Wedding

Written by jennifer eblin
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A Malaysian wedding is traditionally a regal and formal affair whose main focus is more on those invited than on the betrothed couple. Guests are expected to meet and greet with others, celebrating the marriage with people they may not know. Malaysian wedding gifts help you pick the right item for the lucky bride and groom.

Cash Gifts

Money is an important gift for any newly wedded couple because it helps them start their life together. Many Malaysian wedding ceremonies make money or cash gifts part of the ceremony. When you attend the wedding, you may notice a small box placed near the check-in desk. This box is specially designed to hold envelopes and cash gifts from guests. This comes from the old tradition of a bride needing a dowry, which was given to the groom's parents before the wedding. You may opt to fold the money into the shape of origami cranes or flowers, a custom in Malaysia.

Floral Displays

If you're travelling for the wedding, you may not want to carry a large gift onto the plane. Instead, once you arrive at your destination, speak to the hotel about purchasing a floral arrangement for the event. Check with the bride first to ensure that you buy one that complements her wedding colours and other arrangements. Alternatively, request a floral arrangement made from fresh Malaysian flowers. Have the flowers delivered to the bride's hotel room or home as a special treat just for her.

Flower and Egg

Flower and egg gifts are known as bunga telur and symbolise that the couple will be fertile and someday blessed with children. Traditionally, this gift was given to the wedding guests. A small amount of rice is poured into the bottom of a cup and the egg placed on top; a paper or fresh flower is then added to the top of the egg. For a modern twist, give the gift to the couple. Modern-day gifts can be made from soap, chocolate or another material poured into a mould that resembles the old flower and egg gift.

Wedding Day Package

Treat the bride and groom to a wedding day care package for use before the ceremony. Fill two baskets with items they'll need throughout the day, including small snacks, bottled water and even aspirin. Deliver one package to the bride and send the other to the groom. To make your trip easier, assemble the care packages once you arrive in Malaysia.

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