An Indian Wedding : My Sister Marriage
Organized by: Vikas Dubey
Dear Readers, Those familiar with an Indian wedding (or even if not - check this) - might know that it's a somewhat costly affair. For us it's "somewhat" given that we are from a comparatively small town in India.
In our culture, major portion of the expenses are borne by the bride's side (in this case us) as the groom's family & friends travel to our place to complete the marriage rituals. This also involves hosting (mostly food for all, accommodation for some) a large number of relatives, local friends and acquaintances (around 200-300 in total) for 1 days.
My sister's marriage is in couple of months, dates got finalized only a couple of days back. As the wedding date nears we need to start with booking a venue, photographer, facilities (caterer, lights, music, etc.), bridal shopping (clothes, jwellery) and hundreds of other big or small tasks. The groom's family is quite great and all they want (unlike infamous dowry demands in many Indian weddings) is good hosting arrangements for the wedding.
Due to a horrible turn of luck we lost our father. My father was suffering from brain tumor and he expired in June 2015. We spent our savings on his disease. So we don't have any savings. Right in time when my family needs my financial help the most to start with the wedding preparations. I have been helping them with whatever little I have managed to save by doing my job. However, there still is a huge deficit between the estimated expenditure and I dont have any savings.
Based on all our calculations, we would need approximately $5,000 in total to cover the costs of the wedding, apart from the contributions from me. Of this, at least $5000 is needed over next 1 month to make the initial bookings. An alternate approach for me is to go to a bank for a personal loan, but I have already taken personal loan for my father's hospital expenses,and I am paying monthly loan EMI.
In this situation, I am forced to turn to this platform to request all of you to please help us out. Your contributions can be a life-saver for my family in arranging this once-in-a-lifetime event and make it memorable for my sister. Due to a 1:66 currency exchange rate between USD and Indian rupee, every little bit would be of great help. Even if each reader contributes $10 only, it would take only 500 readers to reach the goal.
Though, please feel free to contact me using 'Contact the Organizer' button in the right panel and I would be happy to answer any of your questions over email or phone, in a 1-on-1 setting. Thanks a lot for reading this.