Gifting the bride and groom with money is part of the Vietnamese wedding culture, and a couple in Hanoi has added a touch of technology to the practice, accepting the gift via a payment device and a scannable QR code in lieu of conventional envelopes.
A video has surfaced on Facebook earlier this week of the one-of-a-kind wedding, where a couple happily instructed guests to send them wedding money via a mobile payment terminal with their bank cards, or scan a QR (Quick response) code with their smartphones.
One only needed to type in the amount of money on the groom’s smartphone and insert their card to the payment device, according to the video seen by Tuoi Tre News.
The groom would then process the next steps of payment on the same smartphone and have the guests sign on the device’s screen to complete the transaction.
The couple was standing next to a table, where two cards with the QR code were placed for guests to scan with their smartphones and complete the money gifting process in less than 30 seconds.
As per the tradition, guests will place cash in envelopes and put them in a box at the entrance to the wedding venue.
Many guests to the ceremony were apparently surprised by the new but strange way of giving the money gift, while some were confused, not knowing how to use the payment device.
Even though the video only went viral on the Internet earlier this week, the bride and groom, Tu and Ha, told local media that their wedding actually took place in March. They also confirmed the authenticity of the video.
According to a friend of the bride and groom, the couple only wanted to make use of the payment device equipped in their shop on the wedding day, believing that their friends, most of who work in the financial sector, would find the payment method familiar.
In addition, the young couple also prepared a wedding card box for those who wanted to follow the traditional way of gifting.
|A guest scans the QR code to gift money to the bride and groom in this screenshot captured from the video.|
The footage has suddenly attracted hundreds thousands of views on several Facebook pages in the past few days.
Many social media users have showed support to the use of technology in such a traditional practice for its quickness and convenience.
Some even revealed that they already have a habit of electronically transferring money to the bride and groom before the wedding, instead of bringing the envelopes.
But many also said that the scene of people using their cards to make a transaction before entering the wedding venue makes it look like they are paying for a meal.
Critics say the Hanoi couple has ‘commercialized’ their wedding, and “it is quite odd that the bride and groom will immediately know how much the guest gives them with such a way of gifting,” one Facebook user commented.
The viral video also reminded people of another clip of guests swiping their cards to transfer money gifts at the wedding of a Chinese couple, which also caused controversy on social media.