Having a big fat Indian wedding may catch the fancy of many, yet for several people, it is a huge monetary burden and less merriment at the end of it all…
From withdrawing their precious savings in fixed deposits or taking loans, people often run into huge debt and penury in their attempt to showcase a mega wedding of their children.
Never ending guest lists, fortress like stages, choreographed dances and multi-cuisine feasts, these weddings are a typical example of wanting to flaunt it to several hundreds of invitees, most of whom you rarely meet ever after.
Interestingly, there are a handful of informed Puneites who spoke to us who still believed in the greatness of practicality and make interesting use of their hard earned money.
A House Of My Dreams
“A middle-class man cannot think of spending exorbitant amount of money on having a grand wedding and still afford to buy a house in Pune or Mumbai. So, what is sensible here? I have made it a point to live with someone who is practical enough to understand the gravity of having a secure future.
It might not sound as an unnecessary spending for many, but for me, money is the reward of my sweat and pain working tirelessly in the Pune sun to work for my clients.
I want to go back to a place where I find calm and peace. Listening to relatives on how the paneer dish at my wedding was phenomenonal is not what I want.” – Suresh A. Patil, a marketing executive.
Get A Makeover For Your House
You can always make your existing house look like a five -star resort by investing in it. I am looking forward to getting all the interiors changed and accommodate a jacuzzi in it.
Wooden floors, a concealed bar area and minimalist high-class furnishing are my fantasy. And I am going to spend a decent amount of my money in getting those in my parent’s house by spending my wedding funds.
A minimalist and private wedding ceremony is my goal.”- Chadani Meghawale, a 27-year-old entrepreneur.
Travel The World
For a travel aficionado, spending the wedding budget on exploring the length and breath of the world is like winning a lottery, says this 26-year-old, freelancer.
The travel bug has hit me hard, hence I choose to freelance so that I can fund my growing passion and I will only invest in it.
I want a partner who is equally passionate about it. Multiple honeymoons in exotic national and international locations is what she should look forward to,” grins Raghav.
Plan An Early Retirement
“The best way to get more out of your savings is to invest and not erode it with unnecessary spending. Investing in shares, mutual fund or having a fixed deposit can be an effective option to help your money grow.
I am looking forward to expanding my food business and then start reaping the returns by the time I reach my fifties.
Living a decent life today can let me have a generous life for my family in the future.”- Ayushi Polkar.
Invest In The 4-Wheeled Beast
“Is it okay to sell your Maruti to rent a Mercedes? Nope, you should buy one with your wedding budget,” exclaims Sanam Gandhi, 23.
“I am a car junkie and get excited with those curvy metal bodies and shiny wheels more than anything else.
I can live in them and manage to live on egg and bread even after spending every penny of my savings.”
A Little Charity Never Hurts
“I think if you have that much of money to rent a paved lawn decorated with fancy stuff and feed your far-off uncles and aunts with a multi cuisine dinner, then sponsoring a child’s education or giving a year’s supply of food to the unprivileged won’t be a big deal for you.
I am going to convince my parents to let me adopt a couple of kids and help them with their primary education from my wedding money.”- Harshneet Kaur, 26-year-old social worker.
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