Nope. Dowries aren't done here
I think the idea is a bit archaic.
Dowries aren't really practiced here. I think that the closest that we have to it is the person who proposes marriage gives the proposee a ring.
My cousin paid one for his bride, who was from India (and they got married in India, as well as the U.S.) but no, I can't think of any major religious groups who do it "over here" unless it's been brought from the East.
We don't do it here.
The only type of Dowry I've ever heard of was from the Bride's Father to the Groom or Groom's Family.
Nope. Too reminescent of "wives are property" to me.
In the west we save our dowry for the divorce...that's when we get the property, money, and gold. :P
<blockquote><b>Quoting *Mayhem*:</b>" In the west we save our dowry for the divorce...that's when we get the property, money, and gold. :P"</blockquote>
Nope. They aren't practiced here.
Quoting Mama Rice:" Nope. Too reminescent of "wives are property" to me."
Not really. Typically the property is given to help establish the new Family. But, if something happens and the Marriage ends, the goods/properties return to the Bride/Family.
My ex is being given a 3/4 million dollar house by his bride's father on their wedding day......does that count? Plus her family is paying for the whole shebang as it is.....
I like the dowry idea. In my culture the groom gives his wife to be a monetary gift as stipulated in their marriage contract. This money is for HER alone and he can't ask her for any of it. In some cases, he buys a house and puts it in her name as sole owner. There is also a divorce payment similar to alimony that a husband has to give if he divorces his wife. Around $10k USD (which is a lot back home).
My dowry was a car, a significant amount of cash and several pieces of 22k gold. I used my cash already :D and the car was totaled.
Quoting Pusherman:" I like the dowry idea. In my culture the groom gives his wife to be a monetary gift as stipulated in ... [snip!] ... was a car, a significant amount of cash and several pieces of 22k gold. I used my cash already :D and the car was totaled."
Is it always given to the wife? Because I was thinking the Indian doctors we had at the hospital also gave dowries and if I remember right it was given to the bride's family as a way of saying "sorry for taking a member of your family that could potentially contribute to the household...here's payment for her".
Quoting *Mayhem*:" In my cousin's case the dowry was given to her father...I'm not sure how that established the new family but..."
See that's actually a different thing. Dowry is given by the Bride's Family. Bride price is what is paid to the Bride or her Family. These days People tend to view both as Dowry, but they were 2 separate things.