How much does a Chinese wedding cost?
Bride and groom born in 1980s are facing astoundingly high bill for their wedding.
Recently, an investigation report on Chinese marriage in 2011 caused a lively debate in society. In the report, nearly 80 percent of single women considered that a man was not suitable for having a relationship or getting married unless he could earn at least ￥4000 per month.
Mrs. Luo from Wuhan complained that her son’s wedding used up all her savings and the cost of the wedding was ten thousand times higher than her own wedding in 1970s. “At that time, we only bought a bicycle and took a picture in the Department of Civil Affairs. My husband was born in a relatively prosperous family, so we invited some relatives to have dinner. We had three tables and it cost us less than ￥100. ”
In 1980s, wedding photography and wedding banquet became popular. New couples also need to buy new set of furniture. All these caused a higher wedding budget, about ￥3000. “One of my colleagues got married in 1983.” Mrs. Luo recalled, “They rented cars to welcome the bride, ￥30 for each car. But in order to rent a good car, they sent about ￥100 to the rent-a-car company because too many people wanted to rent good cars. They spent ￥500 on appliances. But they made the furniture themselves to save money. Overall, their wedding cost around￥3000. ”
At the beginning of the new century, Mrs. Luo’s elder son got married. “It was in 2000 and we spent ￥50,000 for the wedding. We didn’t need to buy a new apartment at that time and just decorated our old house, which cost ￥20,000. ” Then it took them ￥10,000 to buy furniture and appliance, ￥15,000 for wedding banquet and ￥5000 for wedding photography. Mrs. Luo thought this was within their “power”.
Next month, Mrs. Luo’s younger son will get married. This time, Mrs. Luo has a big headache. The girl’s family asked for ￥2000 as presentation, then ￥3000 for wedding photography,￥5000 for wedding banquet,￥10,000 for honeymoon (the bride has chosen Bali Island as the destination), and￥20,000 for diamond ring. But compared to the cost of buying a new apartment, all the above was just a trifling amount. “It took us ￥700，000 to buy the new apartment and ￥200，000 to decorate. My daughter-in-law said she also wanted a car, which would cost around ￥200,000.”
In sum, Mrs. Luo will spend ￥1,000,000 on her younger son’s wedding in 2012. It is as ten thousand times high as her weddings forty years ago.