Indian Wedding

Dream weddings are a universally favorite topic in today’s society. The Indian culture places a heavy emphasis on extravagant weddings filled with gold jewelry, colorful themes, painted elephants, lavish buffets, and hundreds of guests. It’s a bit ironic that the country ranking number one for impoverished citizens also cranks out some of the costliest wedding parties in the world. The socioeconomic gap within India has existed for decades, and the poor and middle class want to do something about it.

The two Indian states, Jammu and Kashmir issued an order aiming to slightly level out the class gap. “Under the new regulations, weddings will be capped at 400 to 500 guests and organizers can serve just 14 dishes — seven vegetarian and seven nonvegetarian options. Engagement parties will be capped at 100 guests, and penalties can be imposed on violators.” These orders will begin on April 1. In a proposal for India’s state of Bihar, a parliament official proposed, “Families who spend more than $7,500 would have to contribute one-tenth of the wedding’s costs to a fund that would go toward paying for the weddings of poor families.”

The insight behind the Indian people’s wedding customs lies in the belief that the more the bride’s family spends on the wedding, the better she will be treated in her own home. How do you think these regulations will affect the relationships between socioeconomic classes in India?

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