Wedding is one of the defining milestones of individual life. The person finds a life partner whom he/she could associate with and depend upon in the good and bad times. Actually more than these elements, the youth fancies that keep brewing since adolescence are offered an authentic passage and a sense of permission through the custom of marriage. These desires drive the young minds to get indulged with a loving partner. It is from these indulgences that the realistic relationships are born and a successful marriage emerges.
The family and relatives offer their blessing and support through their presence and adherence to the rituals and customs of relevance. However, the cosmopolitan societies are getting somewhat inclined towards court marriage as a refined and simple wedding option. In countries like India, the laws, rules and regulations have been offered to allow the willing couples to have the formal wedlock. The Special Marriage Act 1954 is the law that offers the wedlock formalities for the seeking couples. Other factors have also contributed towards the increased applications for court marriage in India. What are these? Let’s look into them!
The cosmopolitan society of the metros
The frontline social matrices are very buoyant and getting delineated from the bulk of traditions as a self-adopted phenomenon. The cosmopolitan cultures like in the high flying metros in India and the world are choosing to live leaner yet qualitysome. The societies are going for the composite wedding receptions after having the court marriage as a simple ceremony. The reasons for such adoptions could be manifold but the phenomenon is gripping at good pace.
The lesser cost
Less cost could be called as a reason for the choice of simple marriage over the bulkier traditional marriage in India – what we call as the ‘big fat Indian wedding’. The growing inflationary pressure, especially in urban regions, has led to the squeeze. The families want to spend less by cutting the cost and the court marriage emerges out as the good option for such seekers.
Getting into a wedlock with a foreigner
Seeking to tie the knot with a foreign national requires good deal of formalities. Entering into such wedlock through a formal court marriage cuts great deal of additional requirements as the government agency itself stands as the witness by being the registrar of this marriage. A certificate of marriage is issued by the marriage registrar office.
The interfaith marriages
In India, seeking an interfaith marriage is met with stiff resistance and the society never accepts the same. Court marriage emerges out to be the fine option where a simple process and 3 witnesses could be the part of the wedding ceremony at the registrar office. In spite of the resistances, the society has been bound to accept the formal wedlock process as an authentic one!
Love couplings against the family wishes
Apart from inter faith marriages, the inter caste marriages in Hindus often receive the wrath of the family members and in these cases, the couple tries to get formally registered as a married one through the court marriage.