No matter how much time a bride and groom put into their registry, no one is going to scoff if you give them money. But you can make a check feel a little more personal with a nod to certain traditions: At Jewish weddings, for example, monetary gifts in multiples of the number 18 are considered lucky (the number is equivalent to the Hebrew word for “life”); for Buddhists and Hindus, it’s numbers ending in one; and in Chinese culture, it’s traditional to give money — in combinations of lucky numbers 6 and 8 — in red envelopes.
If you’re the one getting married, thank the wedding party for all their help with bridesmaids gifts and groomsmen gifts. Don’t forget about gifts for the flower girl and gifts for the ring bearer! All these people came together to support your union, so why not give back with a sweet appreciation gift before you jet off on your new life together? Happy gifting!