People should stop splurging on weddings
You readers voice their opinion
- Published 1.01.19, 8:09 PM
- Updated 1.01.19, 8:09 PM
- 2 mins read
When pictures of a farmer’s blistered feet and glitzy wedding photographs of celebrities are printed side by side in the newspaper, it is like a smack across the face of society. In India, where most people live without basic amenities, splurging on weddings is just wrong. It is a total waste of money.
Calcutta Girls’ High School
Use the money wisely
Splurging on weddings is not a wise idea. In today’s market and society where things are getting increasingly expensive, our primary concern should be to save money. Rather than splurging extravagantly on a wedding, couples should invest that money safely or keep it secure as fixed deposits in banks for the future, which incudes expenses of their future children.
Techno India Salt Lake, Calcutta
Focus on emotions
Every parent dreams of gifting his or her child a perfect wedding that wins admiring looks from guests. But it is completely insensible to spend money on materialistic things and not focus on the emotions involved. It is the emotions that will stay in our hearts and memories, not the extravagant arrangements.
Sharda Global School, Ranchi
Symbol of status
Weddings have become laced with a competitive streak and a symbol of status, rather than the celebration of an auspicious bond. We are hell-bent on outshining the last wedding we attended. People splurge on clothes, food, accessories and decorations that lose their value once the three-day affair is over.
Welfare of the poor
Although people love to splurge their lifetime’s savings on a wedding, it is important to understand the real essence of this moment. Instead, people would do well to spend the money on the welfare of the poor. This would at least earn them them a genuine blessing or two.
Techno International Newtown, Rajarhat, Calcutta
We should not judge
A wedding is one of the most important occasions in a person’s life and it should be their choice to celebrate it the way they want. If their choice is to celebrate their wedding in a lavish way, there is no harm in it. Some people are of the view that the money should be spent on other things such as charity. This is true but a family already donating money to charity can also choose to celebrate a wedding in a big way if they can afford it. So I feel that this is a completely personal choice and it is not right to say that people should stop splurging on weddings.
Shrestha Deb Burman,
Vellore Institute of Techno-logy, Tamil Nadu
Spending lavishly on a wedding is essentially a personal decision. The money being spent has been earned either by the groom or the bride or their parents, who have thus wished to utilise their life’s earnings. No third person can or should comment on this. Finally, grand weddings are often a boon to different kinds of services — catering, hospitality management, decoration — as they generate employment. It is a virtuous cycle.
Having a big wedding, does not always mean playing loud music and disturbing others. Indian weddings are known for their colour and larger-than-life celebrations. It is not every day that we get a chance to enjoy ourselves at a wedding. So splurging a reasonable amount on weddings is fine as far as I am concerned.
Barasat P.C.S. Government High School
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