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Cost of marriage in Tehran: Thirty Grands

TEHRAN, Sept. 26 (Mehr News Agency) -- According to a research conducted by the Tehran Shahid Beheshti University, it costs at least 30 million tomans (about $29,000) per person in the capital city of Tehran to get married.

Traditional Iranian wedding ceremony depicted in a teahouse painting by Abbas Boloukifar (click image to see high resolution)

"The cost of marriage in Iran is at least 30 million tomans," head of the research team Majid Abhari said, largely blaming high cost of living for delay in marriage among the Tehrani youngsters.

Buying wedding rings, renting wedding halls, cars, photographs, video, and wedding cakes as well as wedding dress, veil and flowers are among costs brides and bridegrooms will usually pay for a large part by themselves, the sociologist explained.

He also described providing housing and dowry as the main concerns brides and bridegrooms are up against in Tehran.

Abhari called the alarming rise in the cost of living in Tehran metropolis the major reason behind the rapid increase in the marriage age of the Tehrani youth.

According to Abhari, there has been a decrease of 70 percent in marriage rate among the Iranian youth over the second six months of the last Iranian year of 1387 (September 23, 2008-March 20, 2009).

Abhari also stressed the importance of receiving proper counseling before getting married and highlighted that only 2 percent of such marriages end in divorce.

According to figures of state Birth Registration Organization, there were a number of 110,510 divorces recorded in 1387 (March 2008-March 2009).

Men aged between 25 and 29 and women 20 to 24 accounts for the highest rate of divorce, the figure showed.

There was a rise of 11 percent in the country's divorce rate, compared with the last year.

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