Wedding dinners in Singapore can sometimes be a mercenary affair. Even if you never spend more than $5 on meals and always make a beeline for the cai png (mixed rice) stall, if you’re a wedding guest, you’ll be giving money at weddings that can come up to a three-figure sum.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that ang baos are purely a gift from the heart. In Singapore, your ang bao symbolises your well-wishes as well as covers the cost of your seat at the banquet table.
Though the couple might not admit it, usually they will be praying that you do not make them “lose money” by giving less than it cost them to invite you.