I am sure most of you would have heard about “Destination Wedding”. A destination wedding is when the bride and groom select an exotic (strange) place for the wedding ceremony. That too to have a traditional wedding based on their religion/community.
Take for example a Tamil Brahmin bride and groom who live in Chennai, who have never visited any place outside of Tamilnadu, select Agartala for their wedding ceremony. They also want to have the wedding in a Tamil Brahmin style.
If the bride and groom spend their own money, it is fine. But many brides want the parents to pay for the wedding and also make the arrangements.
What a logistics nightmare!
In my above example, the parents have to make arrangements in Agartala for the wedding hall, arrange Tamil Brahmin cooks for the feast, arrange a Tamil Brahmin punditji, and transport so many wedding related stuff from Chennai to Agartala. It will be financially and physically exhausting for the bride’s parents.
And the bride and groom expect all the invitees to attend also. Not all have enough money to pay for the train/plane tickets, pay for the hotel stay, and give a wedding gift also.
It has become a fashion among NRI girls who are living in USA. Couple of years ago, the daughter of a friend of ours had her wedding ceremony in Hawaii. It is pleasing to hear “our wedding is in Hawaii”. But the nightmare that was experienced by her parents cannot be described in words. (The mehandi function was on a chartered boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean).
Why I am writing this? In about 10 days, we are going to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It is a famous beach resort in Mexico. We have to attend this wedding. The bride is Tamil Brahmin and the groom is Gujrati.
One good thing in this wedding is the bride and groom make all the physical arrangements. They also pay for their wedding costs.