01/7 The story of an arranged marriage
In the age of online dating and love affairs leading to marriage, going for an arranged marriage might sound a bit old school to many. Interestingly, this concept has been a part of our culture since centuries and still holds great importance in our society. Many people opt for an arranged marriage out of choice and going by the statistics of a few studies, the global divorce rate of arranged marriage is quite low. So, what makes this traditional system a success in today’s society? Here are a few possible reasons.
02/7 The expectation level
In an arranged marriage, you barely know your partner and take your own time to understand your spouse better. You enter the relationship with minimal expectations, and both the partners observe things and make adjustments to make the marriage work. In fact, you accept the person the way he or she is, and do not get to complain that you dated a different person before tying the knot and he or she changed after marriage.
03/7 The choices
You might be spoiled for choice when opting for an arranged marriage. Thanks to matrimonial apps and sites, you can hunt for the perfect partner online while sitting at the comfort of your home with your parents. It’s not necessary that your interfering relatives or neighbours bring ‘rishta’ and connect you with a prospective groom or bride’s family. In fact, you can take charge of the entire procedure and look for someone who shares similar beliefs and moral values.
04/7 Social compatibility
They say it right, you don’t just marry your partner, you marry his or her entire family. Your parents look after the prospective partner’s cultural background, educational qualifications, social status and how well you would be able to adjust in the new family, which helps to make your married life smoother. But in a love marriage, you have no choice but to accept everything.
05/7 The courtship period
Society is evolving and so is the concept of an arranged marriage. Couples prefer to meet multiple times before taking a decision and discuss their expectations from marriage. Not just this, even families are okay with a long courtship period so that the bride and groom can get to understand each other better.
06/7 Your parents know what is best for you
Parents surely have more experience of what awaits after marriage and understand what’s best for their child. They understand you, your needs and also the complexities of this relationship much better.
07/7 You need to take a leap of faith
At the end of the day, whether it is love or arranged marriage, you have to take a leap of faith and hope for a happy married life. Marriage is a gamble and there is no sure-shot way to predict its success. What matters is that no one should be forced to take this decision and should tie the knot only when he or she is ready.
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