Originally Posted by LA Guy
It's an old school thing, and maybe strictly limited to the Cantonese - I really don't know. I do know that the bride's parents are supposed to pack a bag for the prospecitve husband though, including a suit, in Taiwanese tradition. My brother's wife is Taiwanese, and asked him and his fiancee at the time to choose the suit with the instructions "just get something he likes", and I know that he toyed briefly with the idea of hitting them up with a big dollars item, but thought better of it - especially since their wedding gift from his in-laws was a condo in downtown Toronto.
Edit: I think I gave them a book.
Apropos of nothing - In the interest of full disclosure, my witnessing of the previously mentioned ceremony was via DVD video of it, and came without commentary. One interesting thing I saw was a large exchange of gifts between several of the parties, all of which seemed to come in the same colored boxes, and included, for the prospective groom, the aforementioned watch, cufflinks, a tie, and other items. I had the impression that they had come from the same store, either a jewelry store (excluding the tie), or some sort of store that sell items specifically for this purpose. Perhaps this offering included a suit, I am not sure, but I doubt it, because the proportions necessary for a suit would have blown the mind of the average Taiwanese tailor, and I sincerely doubt they are stocked OTR. Think NFL offensive lineman, or small Sumo wrestler.
-Sorry, didn't mean to hijack the thread!!