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But many would prefer a traditional marriage for the sake of the sentimental thrill that is associated with them.1.

Meat and alcohol are not generally served during such ceremonies, except in some communities.

In the last part of the ceremony the bridegroom ties a sacred thread (mangalsutram) or a gold necklace around the bride's neck with three knots, accepts her hand in marriage (panigrahanam) and then takes seven steps (saptapadi) together with her, uttering vows of friendship, loyalty and righteousness.

On the marriage day, the bride and the bridegroom and relations on both sides assemble in a public auditorium or a temple premises, or in the house of the bride's parents and participate in an elaborate ceremony conducted by a priest.

The marriage ceremony is generally a lengthy affair.

(Yagnavalkya Smriti)Hindu marriage tradition recognizes seven different types of marriage, ranging from the popularly known arranged marriages to the extremely rare and forced marriages through abduction.

Generally most of the marriages are arranged with the consent of the bride and the bridegroom and the blessings of the elders.

The bride's parents have to bear the brunt of most of the expenses and in many cases it leads to their financial indebtedness.

In arranged marriages the marriage is consummated through elaborate ceremonies presided over by a Vedic priest well versed in Vedic mantras.

Caste, natal charts, gotra (kinship or family lineage), family background, financial status of the groom, appearance and character of the bride and the bridegroom, the willingness of the parents are some important considerations in arranged marriages.

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