A Thai wedding generally consists of two parts: the legal and the ceremonial. These are done separately. There is no requirement of government documentation to have a religious ceremony, which is most common with Thai people. This is considered by many to be the real wedding. Normally, weddings in Thailand are Buddhist. A bride token is still common, but arranged marriages are rare.
Two type of gifts from the husband to be, are considered cultural requirements: khong mun and sin sod. (Sin sod is a bride price—often described less accurately as a dowry—given to the bride to be's parents. "It is given at the wedding ceremony in front of all the gifts." Khong mun is a gift of gold jewelry that is given when the wedding is announced, or later—before the wedding ceremony.)