Apparently, he got cold feet after failing to raise enough money for the required dowry.
Dowries have a long history in Europe, South Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world. Dowry is an ancient custom, and its existence may well predate records of it. Dowries continue to be expected, and demanded as a condition to accept a marriage proposal in many countries.
While a dowry and a bride price are just part of a lifetime of love, there are families who cannot afford to pay such requirements, especially when the opposite family asks for too much. 26-year-old Boonyang Sawatdee was about to marry his girlfriend of six years, 24-year-old Arunee Jaengkrachang, when he realized he was a few bucks short for his dowry.
Arunee first noticed something was off when she called her boyfriend a few hours before the wedding. Boonyang then told her that he will be a little late, prompting Arunee to postpone the wedding from 6 a.m. to 9.am.
But when the 9 a.m. call time came, Boonyang was still nowhere to be found, leaving Arunee’s family no choice but to cancel the wedding that was supposed to take place in her home village of Khao Din, Thailand’s Kabin Buri district, on October 22.
The bride’s family later learned that Boonyang couldn’t afford to pay Arunee, even though the two families had previously agreed that the dowry was to be set at 200,000 Baht ($6,025) in cash and five-baht weight of gold.
The cancellation left Arunee’s family red-faced in front of many friends and family, including local villagers who were invited to attend the wedding. They also claimed to have paid over 100,000 baht for the wedding party and still owed the caterer around 22,000 baht for the food. This drove the family to push charges against Boonyang Sawatdee and his family, and have already contacted a lawyer to sue him for damages.
What is the difference between a dowry and a bride price?
A dowry is a transfer of parental property, gifts or money at the marriage of a daughter. On the other hand, a bride price, best called bridewealth, also known as bride token, is money, property, or other form of wealth paid by a groom or his family to the parents of the woman he has just married or is just about to marry.