>List of Common Hantaran (Malay Wedding Gift)

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In Malaysia Wedding culture of Malay ethnic group, the exchange of Wedding Gift (“Hantaran”) between both parties of Bride and Groom is necessary in the engagement and wedding ceremony. The event of Gift exchange will be initiated by the Groom side and the present will be presented to the Bride house. In return, the Bride side will present their gifts to the Groom side.
The total of items as the wedding gift are not fixed depend on the budget and agreed upon the agreement between Bride and Groom family. The quantity of items normally is in odd number, for example sending 5 items and in return of 7 items, 7items in return of 9 in terms and so on, in which the lower quantities by the Groom and respond with more quantities by the Bride. In other word, it’s a traditional practice for the Bride to present 2 more items than the present of the Groom.
However in the new generation world, the number of “Hantaran” can be the same from both parties. The items used as the Wedding gifts are not so bounded by the rules and customs that have been set before. Instead, what is more important is both parties need to meet consensus and with their whole heart during the “Hantaran” exchange ceremony.
As the “Hantaran” (Wedding Gift) is always an important item to be given to both Bride and Groom in a Malay Wedding Ceremony,it will be decorated in various and unique design, so it can be presented on the wedding ceremony. Below picture show an idea of how’s the decoration of the “Hantaran” being designed and decorated.
Gubahan Sejadah
(Prayer Mat Decoration)

 

The lists below are some of the most common items as a Hantaran:
Ring
“Tepak sirih”
Bride Price
“Sirih Junjung”
Bracelet/jewelry
Al-Quran (atau tafsir)
Shirt/Pants
Shoe
Watch
Wallet and Belt
Handbag
Prayer Mat
Prayer Veil
“Kain Ela”
“Baju Kurung”
“Potpouri/Bunga Rampai”
“Sarong”
Towel
Make-up set
Perfume
Healthcare Product
Fruits
Chocolate/Sweets
Cake
Cupcake
Muffin atau biscuits

The Hantaran for Bride and Groom will be different based on their relevance of the gift.

It can be further classified as:
For Her
For Him
“Tepak sirih”
“Tepak sirih”
Bride Price
Shirt/Pants (with Tie)
Ring/Bracelet/jewelry
“Sarong”
“Baju Kurung”
Wallet and Belt
Al-Quran (or tafsir)
Shoe
Prayer Mat
Al-Quran (or tafsir)
Cake
Prayer Mat
“Potpouri/Bunga Rampai”
“Potpouri/Bunga Rampai”
Watch
Watch
Shoe
Perfume
Handbag
Towel
Perfume
Fruits
Fruits
Cake
Make-up set
Muffin atau biscuits
Prayer Veil
Chocolate/Sweets
Muffin atau biscuits
Towel
Chocolate/Sweets
It is advisable to buy the item that the other party really want, so it can be used in the future.

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