Is extravagance in marriage an absolute necessity?Taiqian county in Central China's Henan province has reportedly issued a guideline that imposes restrictions on the amout of money people can spend on wedding and funerals. It says a man cannot pay his would-be wife's family more than 60,000 yuan ($8,645)as betrothal gift. A wedding banquet should not be more than 10 tables of guests and five or fewer vehicles should be used for a wedding, and village committees are poised to carry it out. Wedding spending is soaring in recent years, which has become a heavy burden for ordinary people. Some parents spend years of savings and even rack up huge amounts of debt just to get heop their sons get married. But the guideline, albeit good intentioned, is hard to implement given its non-blinding nature. Is extravagance in marriage an absolute necessity? What should be done to help people realize that a wedding is not worthy for going into debt over?