Who Gave the First Weeding Pressent?

The origin of many customs is hard to trace, but this one has a definite beginning... and it reads like a fairy tale! Many years ago, a beautiful girls in Holland wanted to marry a miller. He did not have much money, but he was loved by everyone because he used to give his flour and bread to the poor.

The Father of the girl objected to the marriage and said that he would not give his daughter her dowry if she married the miller. The people whom the miller had befriended heard about this and decided to do something.

None of them had much money, but they thought that if each one contributed some gift, the beautiful girl and the poor miller could marry after all. So they got together and went to the girl’s house with their gift. and she was able to marry the men she loved after all!


There were the first weeding presents and the custom has remained ever since.

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