Weddings Cost Too Much in China
One of the most important reasons for China's current fourth "single boom'
is that it is really too expensive for young couples to get married these days.
For example, the average cost of a wedding ceremony in Shanghai is
nearly 190 thousand yuan, nearly 400% growth more than 50 thousand yuan of 4
years ago. More than 50% of newly-weds have to rely on their parents' support to
get married there.
A survey finds that the single boom hit mostly young
white-collar workers and well-off people, who pay special attention to life
quality, which might be affected by the large wedding expenditure.
Beijing office lady who got married five years ago think that though love plays
an important part in marriage, young people before getting married should
foresee the responsibility they will have to take up like buying housing,
raising children, etc.
However, some others believe that love can be the
key to all the problems, as there will be two to face the challenge of life
after marriage instead of one. An accountant said that young couples should take
the vista of life into consideration before they get married, rather than some
temporary impulse, and she believed that she and her husband would make things
better in the future. It seems that expensive wedding expenditure had never
troubled her mind.
One expert also believes that Chinese would love to
spend a lot on wedding ceremonies, even 1/3 of all their savings, and they will
spend more on the wedding preparations like buying houses and cars. Though
weddings cost more and more, with the support of two families, young people do
not need to worry much, indeed, said the expert.