Is the perception of weddings changing for GenZ? We see millennials taking a constantly distant and hesitant approach to marriages. With an increasing number of men and women opting for individualistic and career-oriented lifestyles, the idea behind marriage being the sole gateway to building a family is changing as the idea of the family is fast undergoing change. Concepts like individual freedom, gender equality, experimentations with sexuality are gaining prominence in public awareness. Hence marriages are viewed more and more as mere compromise and legal settlements. Several couples in fact prefer living in with their partners for long periods of time without actually involving themselves in legal entanglements.
Seen from an angle, the decision to postpone marriages is a wise one. Several generations of women( specially) and men have suffered at the hands of forced arranged marriages where individual compatibility has always taken a q to caste, class and cultural homogeneity. Young adults would enter into marital bonds early on in life without getting the time to actually figure out for themselves what they really wanted. From such regard, GenZ is quite a lot more mature about knowing themselves and what they want from life. Hence the general apprehension and distaste towards marriage as the view of marriages is one that sees adjustment and compromise as the key to success. Our modernized 21st century youth are ready to do anything but settle.
In earlier days, community mattered far more than individual choice. Hence marriage was mostly a tie meant for socio-economic security and seen as the unit to bind the community together. Modern life places a lot more importance on personal freedom than the community spirit. Seen from another perspective, the value of human bonds, care and trust and the spirit of belonging and togetherness are fast eroding with the millennial placing more importance on personal success and individual identity. However, a balanced mix of both tradition and modernity is what is needed for our young millennials to pull it through with grace and handle life choices more maturely and responsibly than their previous generations.