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Big fat weddings a no no

More than half of the women want their husbands to give them gifts which are "simple, but thoughtful" reveals 'What Women Want' survey by, reports Neha Tara Mehta.
Hindustan Times | By Neha Tara Mehta, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2008 02:08 AM IST

On International Women's Day, it's time to take stock of what the New Indian woman has to say about that all-important crossing in life: getting married.

In a surprise revelation, we hear that Big Fat Indian Weddings are uncool. That's what over two-thirds of 812 brides-in-waiting across 400 cities and towns in the country are saying in matrimonial website's What Women Want survey — the findings of which were shared exclusively with Hindustan Times.

Only 28.6 per cent of the women who participated in the online survey — conducted between February 25 and March 5 — wanted lavish weddings. The rest preferred “a small and simple affair with a handful of close relatives,” or even court marriages.

“I love diamonds, but don’t want to be covered in them on my wedding. Just a pendant is enough to make me a pretty bride,” says Ritu Verma, 26, a Delhi-based bank executive. “It's much better to have a simple ceremony and save for the rainy day,” agrees Manglorean Mamtha Shenoy, 25, a software developer.

Marilyn Monroe may have famously performed Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friends, but only 10.4 per cent respondents agree with her on that. More than half wanted their husbands to give them gifts which are “simple, but thoughtful”. Over one-third wanted no gifts, saying, “feelings matter more than gifts”.

Says Kalpana Swamy, a Mumbai brand consultant: “Buying commodities is no longer beyond the reach of a woman. There’s no better gift than a high emotional quotient in your man.”

Says business head Vibhas Mehta: “Our survey shows that the Indian woman packs in quite a punch and has a very reasonable head on her shoulders. The image of the house-bound ‘Yes’ woman is clearly no longer relevant.”

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