What I find amazing, particularly in Utah, is that the bride/groom will spend
$1000+ on a dress. Big bucks on the reception center. A fortune for a limo and
food. Then budget 200 bucks for a photographer or let Uncle Joe shoot their
pictures as a "gift". Most of the budget is for one time, soon to be
forgotten, items and the photos or one of the most significant days in their
lives, photos that should be cherished, are so poorly done that they are tossed
in a drawer because who wants to look at poor snapshots.For goodness sake
spend some dough on a really good photographer. It's well worth it. I
know because I have spent and also have the experience to know.
"...traditional Indian weddings cost between $300,000 and $400,000."Say what? I sincerely doubt that, being that the majority of Indians
are extremely poor and couldn't afford even a fraction of that pricetag.It's nice to read about another faith besides LDS in this paper
once in a while.
In a day when the news is dreary, dramatic and depressing, this was a breath of
fresh air. I agree with others' comments, this was a great write-up; I felt
I was there. It was sensitive to the culture and detailed enough for most of us
not familiar with Hindu customs. Bravo to the writer!
"Ostentatious" is relative. Making such judgments without knowing fully
the social and cultural customs and expectations is offensive.This
was a fascinating story. I love learning about others' customs. I wish I
was there just to observe. Thanks for the story and photos.
Good for the family! If the father can easily afford it, why not?In a
state where folded chairs at the chapel with a few cookies and kool-aid are the
norm, it's nice to hear how other cultures do it .
I don't think this was a waste of money. We want the wealthy to spend their
money and keep the economy rolling. Several businesses benefited from this
wedding. Not only do we want the wealthy to spend their money, we want
them to do it often and at high volumes. Certainly we also want the
wealthy to donate to charities and the poor, but I think it's just as
worthy to give $10k to a hotel to host a reception (and reward the hard work of
the hotel's employees) as it is to give $10k to the poor (without the
expectation to work and earn it). There is benefit both ways.
Some want to get married by a Justice of the Peace and some want a fancy
expensive wedding. To each their own. If one has money might as well spend it in
this life time because we don't take it into the next. Congratulations to
the families. Thanks for the view into a different culture.
Beautifully described and brought to life. I feel like I just took a college
course in Hindu culture. The author did a great job helping the rest of us
sense the joy and devotion entailed in this marriage.