Maintaining A List Of Gifts During Marriage

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

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Giving gifts or presents by either the bride or groom at the wedding is not punishable when it has been done voluntarily.

Bride: When such presents are made by or on behalf of the bride or any person related to the bride, such presents should be of a customary nature. The value of the gifts should not be excessive. If it is excessive, and there is an element of coercion, it will be dowry. This will be decided based on the financial status of the person by whom, or on whose behalf, such presents are given.

Groom: The groom can give any type of present not restricted by custom.

It is necessary for both, the bride and groom, to make separate lists of the gifts they received at the time of the marriage from any person with the following details in it:

  • A brief description of the present
  • Approximate value of the present
  • Name of the person who gave the present
  • Relationship of the person giving the present to either the bride or the groom, as the case may be. This list may include all relatives who give gifts to the bride or bridegroom.

There is no punishment for not making this list. However, the law does prescribe that the list should be made. This is because it will be assumed that you have not taken dowry if you have made a list of presents received at the time of the marriage.

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