Marriage in Indian culture is one of the most important institutions. There is no greater event in a family than a wedding.
Arranged by parents and relatives of both soon to be weds, the official event dramatically evokes every possible social obligation, kinship bond, traditional value, and economic resource.
Immense amounts of money are spent in thousands of weddings every year, besides knowing that at least one third of the population of India lives under the poverty level. Between the dowry obligations, wedding events and the gifts giving between the families, a wedding can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.