Surge in marriages during lockdown, claim agencies - ECAS Punjab

Surge in marriages during lockdown, claim agencies

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Shivani Bhakoo amp; Mahesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 6

It might sound strange, more weddings were performed last month during the lockdown than the normal times, claimed marriage bureaus. Reason: Saving of money as lockdown restrictions helped people avoid expenditure on lavish functions.

Arvind Garg from Lagan Matrimonial, Chandigarh, said a majority of people felt that it was better to give money to the bride and groom instead of spending huge amount on parties and distribution of sweets.

"There are many youngsters who still want their weddings to be a lavish affair and have kept everything on hold hoping pandemic situation will improve by 2021. But most of the people opted for simple weddings so that money could be properly utilised by their children," said Garg.

Tarsem Garg, a marriage facilitator of Green Avenue near Mandi Ahmedgarh, said he along with his associates had facilitated more marriages last month than the normal times. "Though initially people hesitated in finalising it during the lockdown period, later they insisted on solemnising weddings quickly to avoid wastage of money on lavish ceremonies," said Garg, adding that the money saved in a majority of cases was earmarked for supporting the newlyweds.

Bhoj Raj Sharma, a member of another marriage bureau in the Gandhi Chowk area, acknowledged that more people had been coming to get their wards married during the lockdown. Sharma said unlike the earlier trend when four or five big functions were held, now both parties were opting for a simple ceremony attended by not more than 50 persons.

"In one of the cases, the groom's family insisted on the wedding before June-end lest the administration raise the permissible number of invitees in next phase of the lockdown," said Sharma.

from The Tribune

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