The amount changing hands may range from a token to continue the traditional ritual, to many thousands of US dollars in some marriages in Thailand, and as much as a 0,000 in exceptionally large bride prices in parts of Papua New Guinea where bride price is customary.
Bridewealth is commonly paid in a currency that is not generally used for other types of exchange.
Bride price can be compared to dowry, which is paid to the groom, or used by the bride to help establish the new household and dower, which is property settled on the bride herself by the groom at the time of marriage.
Some cultures may practice both dowry and bride price simultaneously.
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