People say, marriages happen in heaven. I can't comment on that. But I would say, the this institution begins in a bubble formed out of prestige, show offs and bank loans. Marriage is a prestige issue for many, forcing them to copy the extravagant pattern followed at the upper side of pyramid. Now a days I can see even guys opting for loans to fund their marriage!!!! Its unfortunate to see or experience the priorities being shifted... to money power than to the mutual understanding, love and respect. Money is the basis of love especially in arranged marriages. You yearn for money and then for a partner. And ultimately it ends up as a ceremony that merchants,banks and money lenders celebrate.
PS: I am not generalizing. But this is what i have observed from my surrounding. Exceptions are there.