Wedding for the ages spares no expense for Indian family

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  • uncommonsense CENTERVILLE, UT
    June 24, 2014 3:30 p.m.

    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.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    June 23, 2014 8:12 a.m.

    "...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.

  • bookscape Cleveland, TN
    June 22, 2014 8:02 p.m.

    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!

  • gittalopctbi Glendale, AZ
    June 22, 2014 8:18 a.m.

    "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.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    June 22, 2014 8:09 a.m.

    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 .

  • Semper Fidelis Apo, AP
    June 22, 2014 8:03 a.m.

    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.

  • Million Bluffdale, UT
    June 22, 2014 5:44 a.m.

    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.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    June 21, 2014 6:52 p.m.

    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.