In addition, the groom is expected to give a pair of matching 龍鳳鈪 (dragon and phoenix bracelets), which are most commonly made of gold, to the bride, and are to be worn during the wedding festivities. The dragon and phoenix motif symbolize a blissful union, as described by the Chinese phrase 龍鳳配 (a union of the dragon and phoenix).
The Teochew also give flaky pastries similar to hopia, as well as peanut candies. If the bride’s grandmother is still alive, pastries called laoma gao (老嬷糕) are offered to her.
Traditionally, the groom’s family should present the betrothal or “Grand Gift” which is various proposal gifts representing fertility and prosperity to appreciate the girl’s parents’ efforts in raising the girl. Later, the girl’s family would send the girl’s dowry consisting of jewelry to display their support and love for their daughter. The betrothal and dowry are considered to be an important part in sealing the marriage, only by then the two are considered officially engaged.
The gift, which can range from a television set to an apartment, confirms the groom’s intentions and his family’s wealth. In turn, the bride’s family will return the gift in the form of money, furniture or a car, a gesture known as a jia zhuang. While outdated in many regions, the custom is still popular in some parts of China.
Today when a couple is preparing to get married, they probably already had an apartment or a house provided by the groom parents and a car provided by the bride’s parents. As for the “Grand Gifts” are largely replaced by money, especially in “sixes”, ”eights” and ‘nines’ as they symbolize” well”, “wealth” and ‘forever’.