Changes have crept in surely but slowly in our Hindu weddings. And not all of them are for the better.
In the olden days, weddings were celebrated for four days with all the relatives and friends participating in all the functions.
These days, although, weddings are not so long-drawn, they still remain elaborate and involve a lot of pomp, show and expense.
People prefer to host weddings in famous `Kalyanamandapams` - wedding halls - with lavish feasts and gifts.
Money is wasted on elaborate flowers arrangements and lights. Videography and musical shows are also a part of the `essentials`. Instead of all this lavish expenditure, why can`t we keep the ceremony simple? Won`t just the religious & spiritual ceremonies be sufficient? These will conclude in half day. The reception could be hosted at a later date.
In this way, we can save money, time and energy.
By saving money and having a simple wedding, we can instead donate generously the needy in orphanages and poor homes.
Or, the money saved could be deposited in the bank in the couple`s account. This would be very helpful to them when they need it.
We need to make a conscious decision to use our effort and money well. Trying to cater to society`s demands is neither sensible nor feasible. Why show off? Just show the world how sensible and classy you can be.