Matchmakers play an important role in arranged marriages...
With love marriages and online matrimonilas gaining ground, it may seem the days of professional matchmakers are numbered. But that is far from the truth because marriage brokers have been continuously reinventing themselves to stay relevant under the changed circumstances, by offering personalised service.
Arranged marriages are still the norm among vast sections of Indians and a major role is played by marriage brokers, whose main task is to introduce suitable life partners to prospective brides, grooms and their respective families. The marriage broker makes the difficult job of finding the perfect life partner simple.
Matchmakers have their databases which are built-up through contacts, connections as well as from walk-in customers. The information is verified, cross-checked and continuously updated. Preferences in terms of personality, looks, education, family status etc are ascertained from bride/groom and their families. Ideally, life partners should be similar in terms of mindsets, value systems, personalities and dreams.
Aspects involved in matchmaking…
A typical matchmaker arranges meeting of prospective bride and groom along with their respective families, negotiates with both parties in respect budget and other aspects, remains present at all wedding functions and last but not the least ensures that commitments made are fulfilled by both sides.
Fees of marriage bureaus vary widely starting with Rs 15,000 and upwards. For matchmaking among elite strata, often a percentage of marriage expenses is paid to matchmakers.