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Advice from Hong Kong MNetters needed: Red Envelope Wedding Gift etiquette

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SnowBells Sun 06-Nov-16 12:26:09

We have been invited to a wedding in HK - ceremony, lunch at one of the 5-star hotels, etc. We are flying in from the UK, so not too familiar with customs. I know that the usual etiquette is giving a red envelope with cash inside. My question is... how much?

From what I have seen online the going rate for a red envelope for this kind of wedding (lavish banquette at a 5-star hotel) should be a minimum of HK$1,000 per person - so just over GBP100 per person, and less if the lunch is held at a restaurant - but I'm really not sure whether this is old info or not.

We are thinking of giving HK$1,300 per person (so HK$2,600 altogether). Does this sound alright? Help!


Laptopwieldingharpy Mon 07-Nov-16 05:13:53

Yes sounds good.

KeyserSophie Mon 07-Nov-16 11:16:29

Also, you should give as few notes as possible- so 5 x 500 and 1 x 100. Notes should also be clean/ fresh from the cash point and not scrumpled up ones grin.

SnowBells Mon 07-Nov-16 11:27:05

Thank you both!!!

InTheDessert Thu 10-Nov-16 18:26:14

I have always been given packets in pairs. So 2 envelopes each containing the same amount of money.

KeyserSophie Fri 11-Nov-16 13:53:21

dessert Is that for Chinese New Year? If so, it maybe because you have 2 children- my boss gives me two on this basis. Or it can be because they want to give you a set amount and they've made up all their envelopes to the same value.

InTheDessert Fri 11-Nov-16 16:21:37

CNY and our wedding.
We got pairs of envelopes before kids, and now the kids get pairs of envelopes. Maybe it's a thing specific to that village??

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