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Couples planning their weddings in Indian-administered Kashmir may be forced to curtail their plans after the government issued a crackdown on excessively lavish weddings.
Guest numbers are now limited to just 900 - with parents of brides allowed to invite 500 and the grooms party allowed to invite 400 people.
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The government has also forbidden wedding banquets from including more than seven meat and seven vegetarian dishes to 'ensure that there is no wastage of any food items'. Guests can also be served up to two sweets or ice creams.
The traditional feast, called Wazwan, includes a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, with banquets typically containing anywhere between 20 and 35 courses.
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The state government said the order, which comes into effect from the start of April, was issued in response to public complaints about extravagance, waste and intrusive noise.
Numbers of guests as well as the number of dishes offered at wedding feasts has risen dramatically in recent years and Kashmiri parents often spent their entire life savings on a wedding.
The state had attempted to impose...
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