Weddings in most communities and countries are a grand affair. In a traditional wedding, the groom and the bride receive cash gifts from family and friends to help them set up their new life.
Weddings in China are no different. The Chinese consider it auspicious to give newlyweds money in a red envelope.
Over the years, the tradition hasn’t changed but it now comes with a twist.
Instead of giving the newlyweds cash directly, people can transfer money to them through QR Codes.
In April 2017, at a wedding in Beijing, China, the bride and groom replaced cash gifts with QR Code payments. The maid of honor wore a QR Code tag that allowed guests to scan and transfer money to the couple. The amount got transferred directly to the couple’s bank account.
QR Codes are quite popular in China. These 2D barcodes feature almost everywhere—from billboards to packaging. The instant messaging app—WeChat (Weixin)—made QR Codes even more popular.
Our Views on This Concept:
To some, it might seem like a way for families to bluntly ask guests for gifts. Our perspective is that QR Code payments at weddings is actually a practical idea.
For instance, in Nov 2016, the Government of India demonetized 500 and 1,000 currency notes. This lead to a temporary cash crunch in the country. A lot of people moved to digital modes of payments.
In a situation like this, QR Code payments can offer more convenience.
Besides this, weddings are hectic for families and managing cash gifts is an added burden. With QR Code payments, neither the guests nor the families need to worry about handling cash.
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