Would You Agree?
Said to be a $40 billion industry in India alone, weddings which was originally designed to be a personal and intimate union between two families coming together have now taken a different tone of outlandish spending and lavish showboating which some may say defeats the purpose and the meaning of the union.
India is the most notoriously famous country for lavish weddings, In November 2016 politician Gali Janardhana Reddy allegedly spent a whopping 5 billion rupees ($95 million) on her daughter’s wedding with her jewels alone costing $15m and guest were sent a gold plated invitation box adorned with an LED screen fitted into the lid – ready to play an especially recorded video alongside the invite.
This is the second most expensive wedding ever next to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Princess Salama’s in 1981 which cost over $100m at the time.
So what is cause of such spending spree for weddings that may or may not work 5 years down the line? The answer to that question I don’t know, ego I guess but this shouldn’t be a problem if you have the money and that’s is what you want but the line is crossed when normal working class people go as far as taking out a huge loans or remortgaging their homes just make their fantasy come true.
For example in the video below of a relative of a Pakistani I know in London, they are nowhere near rich but on the wedding of their sister they made sure luxury cars worth nearly $5 million was on full display. All white.
Your guess is as good as mine to figure out how much and how long they had to pull the funds together.
This insane display of wealth in disguised as ‘wedding’ has permeated far and wide to the point where poorer families are refusing to be outdone by the well heeled ones.
As this parody clip shows, a Kenyan couple who are evidently not as financially well off are planing a wedding of 224,000,000 Kenyan Shillings ($300,000) and the man does not have a car, if this isn’t funny and absurd I don’t know what is.
This is just the reality of how far some people go to show out on their big day.
Please leave a comment to let us know if you are one of those lavish spender on your wedding.
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