Indians marriages are held by following the ancient culture and traditions that had been maintained for several centuries. These traditions mark the Indians as unique among the other cultures of the world. But some of these traditions are now a bit twisted or altered to match the demands of the present generation, who want to keep pace with the other parts of the world and wants things to be easier and faster than before.
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- Earlier, most of the marriages were arranged by the families of the bride and groom; while the couple never had the chance of meeting each other before the wedding ceremony. But now many people opt for love marriages and this change is gladly accepted in many families, breaking the age-old tradition of India.
- Previously, wedding ceremonies were held at the home of the bride, attended by only the family members of the bride and the groom. It was a low cost affair, while more money was spent in the wedding feasts and the gifts given to the family of the groom. But now the new couples of affluent families prefer costly destination weddings, held at any hill-station or seaside, far away from home.
- In ancient times, it was compulsory to adorn the brides with lots of gold jewelries, which were gifted as her security for future and also as prestige issue in her new family. But now the modern brides prefer to wear ornaments of sleek designs that will make them look more beautiful.
- In previous age, the concept of inter-caste or inter-religion marriages could not be even thought of; but these types of marital ties are quite in fashion now, though still many conservative Indian families object to these marriages. But as most of the men and women are now financially independent, they choose their lives according to their own wishes.
- Earlier, the Indian brides were seen only in the traditional bridal attires, as per the specific customs prevailing in each region. But now many young brides desire to wear fashionable dresses, preferably designed by the reputed fashion designers. There are also changes seen in the color of the bridal wear. For example, the brides of most of the parts of India had to wear only crimson red dress as bridal wear; but now the present brides often prefer to wear different other vibrant colors, like green, blue, golden, pink and purple.
- In ancient times, the marriages were solely arranged by the family members of the bride and the groom. But now the rich people have the option of hiring professional wedding planner for making all wedding arrangements.
- Traditionally, the religious customs of the wedding were considered most important for a new couple and they were declared as husband and wife, only after the completion of all religious wedding rituals. But now, the man and woman cannot be declared legally as husband and wife, until they sign in the documents of their court marriage that is the only legal acceptance of their marriage.
Previously, minor children were married off by their parents, in which they had nothing to say. But now the Indian government has legally declared 18 as the minimum marriageable age for girls, while the boys cannot marry till they are 21. So the couples can think and voice their own decisions regarding all aspects of their weddings.