Maintaining a list of gifts received
Giving gifts or presents by either the bride or groom at the wedding is not punishable when it has been done voluntarily. The gifts should be entered in a list, according to the rules given in the law. Gifts from the bride’s side should be according to custom and as per financial capacity of her family. Customs vary from place to place and from family to family. For example, In marriages in central and east India, sarees and jewellery are given to women relatives of both the bride and the groom, by the other side. This is as per custom. In terms of financial capacity, it would depend on each individual case, but generally, gifts given should be of a value which does not create an extraordinary financial burden to the person giving them. For example, if the Bride’s father has to take a loan of a significant amount to buy gifts for the groom’s side, then it cannot be said that the gift has been given as per financial capacity of the person.