Indian men are getting married much earlier than they were, with women now getting married as early as two weeks earlier than in the past, according to a report.
The Times of India reports that as many as half of the 1.2 billion people in India have already got married in the last three decades, compared with only 20 years ago.
The new figures also reveal that nearly a third of the marriages have been performed in less than a month, while the remaining one in six is more than three months.
This is because the average wedding in India now takes place in three months, compared to only a month for men in the previous decade, according the report.
“As more and more people are getting engaged, there is an increase in the number of weddings occurring,” said Jignesh Singh, the founder of the website ‘Hindu Dressing’ and the chief executive of The Hindu, which published the survey.
The trend has been largely the result of a boom in the numbers of people seeking help in preparing for a wedding.
India is the largest market for weddings, with the number in the country surpassing 3 billion.
However, there has been a slight decline in the proportion of weddings that take place in rural areas.
“We think the reasons behind this decline are mainly the fact that women in rural India have more to worry about and are more likely to resort to dowry,” said Mr Singh.
However some couples may be finding it easier to get married later in the year if they can take advantage of the Indian economy’s improved growth.
“In India, as a country, you have to be prepared for a large number of marriages in less time, and that is a big advantage to a bride-to-be,” he said.