Step into the vibrant world of Indian weddings without leaving your home, thanks to the innovative approach of an Australia-based startup. JoinMyWedding, founded in 2016 by Hungarian-Australian Orsi Parkanyi, has been making waves on social media by offering curious foreign tourists the opportunity to pay and participate in India’s colorful and grand marriage festivities.
CNN reports that the startup promises “the ultimate cultural immersion” for those seeking a unique and authentic experience.
The company, JoinMyWedding, provides unique experiences by allowing travelers to attend traditional Indian weddings and locals to share their celebrations.
The company’s website highlights that India hosts over 300 different types of weddings, with the country celebrating a staggering 11 million weddings annually.
JoinMyWedding connects couples and individuals interested in sharing their love stories and wedding itineraries.
These details are then made available to tourists willing to pay $150 (Rs 12,488) per person for a single day of the nuptials or $250 (₹20,814) for a two-day experience.
“You get to experience all the different cultural elements in one go: meet with local people, taste the local cuisine, dress in Indian attire, music, ambiance, entertainment, learn about the local customs, even architecture, depending on the wedding venue,” Ms. Parkanyi told CNN.
The concept has sparked a considerable response on social media, with users praising it as a “brilliant business idea.”
“At 150 USD, definitely not bad for whoever’s inviting,” a user on X (formerly Twitter) wrote. “Quite a popular offline business for a while now via travel agents and wedding planners,” said another.
“They pay good money, which helps the family get off the burden, too. Win-win situation,” a third user said.
The JoinMyWedding website depicts the experience as “dressing in traditional Indian garb, tasting the exotic flavors, dancing to the enchanting music, and taking part in beautiful wedding customs.”
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