Modern Arranged Marriages

The main difference between a modern arranged marriage and a traditional arranged marriage is that the prospective bride or groom has a lot more say as to who they will eventually marry.

Parents choose several possible candidates before arranging a meeting with the family of the prospective spouse. The couple often has the chance to go on an unsupervised "date." Even though the parents exert a small amount of pressure on who they should marry, it is only because they want their children to be happy, and not make the wrong choice. It could be thought of like a "family dating service." (1)

An Indian Couple Celebrating Valentines Day

A modern arranged marriage with courtship is another option.

In this scenario, the children can get to know each other well, via email, telephone, or through a series of "dates," before they decide if they are right for each other.(1)

Introduction-Only Arranged Marriage

With this style, the parents introduce the prospective spouses, but then it is up to the children to manage the relationship and make a choice.

Arranged marriages in any form- modern or traditional- are most common in the Middle East, and in parts of Africa and Asia. (1) But in countries like the U.S., where huge numbers of immigrants reside, arranged marriages are also evident.

Marriages of Convenience

These are another form of modern, arranged marriages. The basic definition of this type of marriage is a marriage based on something other than love. A pregnancy out of wedlock, a homosexual cover-up, or a marriage for immigration purposes, are all forms of a modern arranged marriage.(2)

Marriages of Convenience exist everywhere. However, because of the secrecy of such marriages, the prevalence is unknown.

Modern Arranged Marriage in Action

A case study in Houston details how the process of an arranged marriage operates.

A new trend in arranged marriages in India is the onset of online dating.

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