Wed­dings, In­dian style

Wealthy In­di­ans are climb­ing over each other to hold extravagant wed­dings, show­ing off their im­mense wealth by invit­ing guests on char­tered jets, gift­ing he­li­copters to bride­grooms, serv­ing over 100 dishes and fly­ing in ele­phants just for the ef­fect.

Southasia - - Social issue - By Atiya Ab­bas

Fifty-five years ago, Grace Kelly, the sen­sa­tional Amer­i­can ac­tress, be­came the Princess of Monaco, in a cel­e­bra­tion that was billed as the “Wed­ding of the Cen­tury.” Fast for­ward to 2011, and 24 en­tourage. Other wed­dings have fea­tured a Rus­sian bal­let per­for­mance and air­planes with hourly de­par­tures so that guests can jet­set as they wish.

Me­her Sarid, a wed­ding plan­ner in New Delhi says that they have be­come dur­ing the wed­ding sea­son that lasts from Septem­ber to March. GE Money In­dia of­fers loans ex­clu­sively for wed­dings. In April 2011, a spe­cial on­line ser­vice was launched that de­liv­ers all the es­sen­tials that a wed­ding cou­ple

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