you 'cannot beat the system.' It is part of a tradition in Poland to give money,
I first found out about this a few years ago when I was invited to go to a wedding in Poland by a couple I really didn't even know that well. When I mentioned to a friend that I was surprised to have been invited, I was told that probably it was because of the money they would be expecting......and she was very likely right. Why else would you invite someone you don't really know to share your day with?
Since then I have been to 2 Polish weddings in the UK, there was none of that giving of money in evidence, although both weddings were registry office and not church affairs.
To be honest, I was more shocked at your revelation that the happy couple would tell all and sundry what amounts had been given!
I'd never, ever tell who gave me what to anyone else, that's simply ludicrous
Thank god for that!