Marriage is one big event around which many industries thrive. In a Hindu marriage
especially the marriages are generally held in a marriage hall. Even if the wedding
happens to take place in a temple the hall is rented for the reception wherein all
the friends of two families come and feast.
I remember my parents talking proudly about how marriages would be conducted on
their house verandahs in the villages. A week long festivity wherein the whole village
dined and entertainment like music and dance rocked the village until dawn. Apart
from the lack of space in today’s world, the cost and the expenditure for a week
long celebration or feeding the whole town or even the village is a Herculean task.
The generation today wants a simple marriage followed by an elaborate reception
in some posh hotel. The expenses incurred in far less than if it were to be held
at a marriage hall. The food is not wasted and the decorations are undertaken by
the hotel itself at no extra cost mostly. Most of all there is less work for the
family members and more time to chatter.
In Hindu marriages the brides and grooms were not allowed to meet one another or
go out before marriage. But today both the bride and groom insist they meet and
get along together before their shaadi. Times are changing and so the parents have
no other way but to give in to the younger generations requests.
People say that building a home and conducting a marriage are the most difficult
task. It is true 100% as you can see there are so many things involved in a wedding
like flower arrangements, stage decoration, cooking, water supply, etc. This is
one reason for the flourishing event managers in any city. They take up the entire
burden and make arrangements perfectly.
Innovation has entered the marriage industry too as many couples want their wedding
in a unique manner. Weddings are conducted on a common theme nowadays and the whole
decorations, cutleries and even bridal dresses are chosen according to the theme.
The customs and traditions if respected by the family are conducted privately and
then a very grand reception followed by excellent dinner for friends is arranged.