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Want to attend an India Wedding? Just buy a ticket!

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South Asian Weddings. Photo Credits: Sameer Soorma

Photo Credit: Sameer Soorma

Santa Clara (Diya TV) “I am getting married!!!” As soon as an Indian bride announces this, she’s already dreaming about having a lavish, extravagant affair unlike any other…commonly known as the “big fat Indian Wedding”. Indians have always had a unique style of celebrating this day, be the culture or traditions they do not compromise on any aspect, when it come to weddings.

When speaking of Indian Weddings, there are many people across the globe who are enthusiastic in learning about new cultures. Let’s face it weddings are expensive business and Indians are known to like their extravagant, over-the-top weddings.If you are wondering just how extravagant, take a look at the the most expensive Indian Weddings ever. While we certainly recommend making friends with Indians or Pakistanis, so you can get invited to these incredible immersive cultural experiences.

If you don’t happen to know one, guess what? You don’t have to keep watching the ‘Monsoon Wedding‘ on a loop! Now, you can just buy a ticket to a lovely couple’s wedding and in the process help them pay for their incredibly lavish nuptials.

A startup called JoinMyWedding.com is providing curious world travelers a chance to attend an Indian Wedding for a fee. Orsi Parkanyi, a 33 year old Australian entrepreneur came up with this idea when she heard her friend telling about the wedding she was about to attend in India.

After quite some research on Indian Weddings, Parkanyi learnt that Indian Weddings are a huge market and realized that there was no market for such a service and no one to cater to it. Parkanyi joined hands with Hungary based strategy consultant Marti Matecsa and Mumbai based brand and marketing consultant Pallavi Savant to launch the new site.

Big Fat Indian Weddings!

“JoinMyWedding.com helps to-be married couples to make their event more special by having crowd-funding”, says Parkanyi.

International guests who are keen to have a unique cultural experience and would be willing to pay for it. So this way of crowdfunding would be a great way of raising money to celebrate their special occasion, added Parkanyi.

Although, opening up the occasion to strangers might be of some concern for the couples looking to be slightly more adventurous and frugal, the bright side is.. they get to have their dream wedding. For some its also a way to encourage entrepreneurs. Urvi Ambavat a Mumbai bride is using the service but for her its not about financial strain.  “We are not looking at this as a way to contribute to our wedding expenses, but we are doing this to encourage startups with new business ideas”

The site is currently in Beta, and are are they offer wedding experiences not just in Indian cities like Udaipur & Indore but also in countries like China, Russia and Australia. The site is gaining popularity around the world as couples are registering to sell tickets to their wedding!

If you are a couple about to be married, we’d love to hear from you. Leave your comments below and don’t forget to share on your favorite social website!

 

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