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The Big Fat Indian Wedding: Tracing the Evolution of Desi, I Do’s

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Imagine you’re strolling down Delhi’s Safdarjung Road or Janpath and being surrounded by people adorned in their traditional finery, bustling towards a destination—a scene straight out of a Bollywood extravaganza. But hold your popcorn because this isn’t reel life; it’s the real deal, unfolding in the heart of the capital city.

We’re not talking about a few intimate gatherings here. A jaw-dropping 4 lakh weddings are set to grace New Delhi in three weeks, with a staggering 15,000 wedding ceremonies slated for November 30th alone. And before you think this is an exclusive Delhi affair, think again. This auspicious wave of celebrations spans every nook and cranny of our diverse nation.

Welcome to the Big Fat Indian Wedding, where the Shubh Mahurat extends its influence far and wide.

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Behold the Grandeur!

Estimates suggest a whopping business turnover of around ₹5 lakh crore during this festive period, showcasing emotional unions and a colossal economic extravaganza.

Yes! As per CAIT Research & Trade Development Society, as many as 35 lakh weddings will be solemnized between 23rd November and 15th December.

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PM’s love affair with Local

In the spirit of ‘Vocal for Local,’ even our honorable Prime Minister subtly nudged people to embrace our homeland for wedding venues.

The ‘Make in India’ ethos is making its way to the sacred vows and vibrant celebrations, reminding us to celebrate our cultural heritage with pride.

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Couples – Active Decision Makers

From simple ceremonies of the past to the extravagant celebrations of today, it’s nothing short of a cinematic love story. Arranged marriages -once the norm where parents decided everything has gracefully given way to love marriages.

Couples are now active decision-makers in their journey of togetherness. Possibly a reflection of the global exposure to Western wedding trends.

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The Big Fat Indian Wedding Phenomenon

Extravagant celebrations, never-ending guest lists, exotic locations — it’s not just about exchanging vows anymore; it’s about showcasing wealth and social status through elaborate events.

There’s a stark transformation, emphasizing the ever-evolving nature of our celebratory customs.

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Wedding Bills Ring in a Thriving Economy

The economic dance during this season extends beyond eye-popping wedding costs. Former
Karnataka Minister, Janardhana Reddy’s daughter’s wedding cost over ₹500 crores, turning the economic vaults into a high-stakes tango. An average Indian wedding can range anywhere from ₹10 lakhs to ₹5 crores.

About half the spending is on fashion brands such as Manyavar, Zara, high-end couture, jewelry brands like Tanishq, TBZ, Kalyan Jewelers and others. The jewelry market in India is expected to reach US $76.77 billion in 2023.

Not to forget, the electronics, dry fruits, and sweets markets, while the other half fuels banquet halls, hotels, event management, catering, and travel services. The Hotels market is expected to earn around US $7.68 billion in 2023.

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More than Traditional Splurges

The narrative is that of modern consumer behavior, witnessing increased investments in electronic goods, consumer durables, and a myriad of gift items.

The demand for services like beauticians, salons, photography, videography, and entertainment, including orchestras and bands, is hitting a crescendo, painting a picture of the evolving spectacle of the Indian wedding.

The revenue for Indian Beauty and Personal Care market is expected to reach US $30.54 billion in 2023.

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Budgets that Redefine Opulence

Beyond the wedding industry, other sectors like real estate and automotive will witness a surge of around 15-20% in sales during this season. The loan industry, too, experiences a spike as couples seek to turn their dream weddings into reality.

Celebrity unions flaunt budgets that epitomize the very essence of lavishness. For instance, Lakshmi Mittal, the steel magnate, splurged over ₹220 crores for his daughter Vanisha’s wedding.

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Culturally Diverse

Cultural fusion takes center stage as Western elements seamlessly intertwine with traditional Indian weddings. From attire to ceremonies and themes to destinations, couples are crafting a unique blend that resonates with the past and the present. Destination weddings have boosted the outbound tourism market in India, which is worth US $15.2 billion today. The

This fusion, however, prompts a reflection on cultural identity and preservation in the face of evolving trends.

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Savour the Culinary Crescendo

Did you know the Indian Foodservice Market in 2023 is worth US $69.78 billion?

Weddings have evolved into a culinary marvel, shedding the shackles of excess and embracing a world of quality and variety.

Guests hunger for thrilling experiences, tantalizing their taste buds with audacious culinary experiments. It’s a feast for the senses, where every dish tells a story, and every bite is an adventure.

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Sustainable Weddings are Trending

In a heartening twist, there’s a growing awareness of the environmental impact of weddings. Sustainability and conscious choices are gaining traction, with eco-friendly practices making their mark.

Sit-down dinners are making a comeback, adding an element of grace to the festivities. Couples, inspired by the likes of Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar’s grand gesture of planting a tree for each guest or Dia Mirza and Vaibhav Rekhi’s commitment to a strictly no plastic policy and minimal, biodegradable decor, are setting the tone for an eco-friendly ceremony.

These celebrity initiatives show a shift towards mindful celebrations, where each step down the aisle is a conscious stride towards a greener and more sustainable future.

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Technology – The New Entrant

The COVID-19 pandemic. It disrupted plans, introducing a new normal; the pandemic has led to the rise of intimate ceremonies and virtual weddings.

Technology has become an indispensable ally, shaping new norms and practices in the wedding landscape.
Make way for Wedding Gift Registry, Memes, QR codes, Insta-Invites, Hashtags, the list goes on.

And Now…..

The big fat Indian wedding has evolved into a dynamic celebration that weaves cultural, social, and economic threads. The journey from traditional ceremonies to extravagant spectacles reflects our ever-changing society. 

As we anticipate future trends, one thing is certain: the Indian wedding will continue to be a vibrant canvas, painting the love stories of generations to come.

If you haven’t invested for your wedding or weddings in your family yet, then begin today. Cheers to the evolving saga of Indian Weddings.

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I’m Archana R. Chettiar, an experienced content creator with
an affinity for writing on personal finance and other financial content. I
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