Angpows are the norm nowadays when it comes to gift-giving. It's more convenient and practical both for the giver and the recipient.
In the past, the giver would have to crack his or her head to think of and purchase a suitable present within his or her budget, wrap it and lug it to the wedding venue.
The recipient then has to transport all the cumbersome packages home after the party. Since there are bound to be duplicate presents and presents that one cannot or do not want to use, storage then becomes a problem, especially if space is limited at home.
The Chinese, being smart and pragmatic people that they are, solved all the above problems with the angpow.
For the giver, it saves time and effort. And no matter how big the gift is, when converted to cash or cheque, voila, it is still small enough to fit into the pocket or a purse!
Likewise, the angpow slips easily into the pocket of the recipient and the cash can be converted into something that the couple really needs or desires. It can be easily "stored" or invested and, for many couples, is a timely help to defray some of the cost of the wedding.
I am glad to say that the majority of our guests were very considerate to give us angpows for our babee's wedding and we only had one huge present to bring back with us after the dinner.