IELTS essay, topic: Should people spend a lot on weddings and birthday parties?

Some people think that spending a lot on holding wedding parties, birthday parties and other celebrations is just a waste of money. Others, however, think that these are necessary for individuals and the society. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Throwing parties can be expensive. While some people do not find these fancy gatherings worth what they cost, others believe such events are important to both individuals and the society.

People choose to throw parties for a number of reasons. For starters, they can make better teams. Project kick-off parties are good opportunities to break the ice and help team members to know each other better. Celebrating a victory create a sense of success and belonging. Companies do not see parties as of money and allocate budget to support such events; moreover, they often leave good memories. From our own experiences, we all have happy memories of our birthday parties when we were little. Every family has great photos at family gatherings in their album. In addition, contrary to what some people believe that spending on parties is a waste of social resources, they actually create value, either by employing people in the party-planning business or by offering people better experiences.

The popularity of parties, however, causes some tension in the society. They are hard on introverted people who find themselves uncomfortable in the crowd. This is a clinic symptom which psychologists call “social anxiety disorder”. There are other ways to celebrate important events that may have greater value for their cost. For instance, companies could send out gifts after successful projects and parents could take their children on family trips to celebrate birthdays.

In my opinion, while a party is a form of social event that brings many benefits to individuals and the society, other choices should also be considered, either to cut spending or to relieve the stress of those who are not fond of crowded celebrations.

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  1. In most part of our country a wedding ceremony means a complete package of variety of food, heavy shopping of clothes and jewellery, a lot of people, loud music, hi-fi decoration and many expensive gifts. Now a days wedding ceremonies have become more of a show off than building new relationships of trust and love. Most people blame this culture of spending huge money on wedding ceremony on our bollywood movies. In these movies a wedding ceremony is exagarreted so much and most people tries to copy it either for fun sake or for following the trend. But if we look back to our history, we can find many examples of a huge wedding ceremony of kings and queens. In most culture this is continuing till date.
    It is fine to invest money to fulfill our desires and wishes but exaggaration in any thing leads to wastage which we often tend to ignore in the shade of our joy of fulfillment. A big fat wedding also leads to a lot of wastage of resources and money. The menu of a wedding ceremony consisits of minimum 20-30 types of variety of foods which if not consumed fully is often wasted after the ceremony is over. If we notice properly, most of the guests are unable to complete the whole food on their plate due to over availabilty of food and as a result either knowingly or unknowingly they are wasting it. Not only food, too much is spent on clothes and jewellery in these weddings for show off or to satisfy the relatives and in-laws. Often these jewelleries and clothes are so heavy and uncomfortable that it cannot be utilised by the bride in any other function or daily life. These jewelleries and clothes are not an easy means of money in need, so people can opt for light jewelleries and simple and easy to go clothes and utilise the money in many other useful and recreational activities like travelling or pursuing their common hobby.
    With changing time preference and traditions of people are changing also, it is the need of the hour that we understand that marriage is not a funfare or show off rather it is a starting of a new journey of two families together and the base of this life changing ceremony of two persons is trust, support and love.
    So it is better to utilise these money in much better ways like supporting the underpriviledged section of our society, by supporting our family and investing on children and by investing it in our own hobbies or tours rather than to waste it for an one day event which can be easily held in a much simple way.

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