China to regulate wedding service market
( 2003-11-19 09:08) (People's Daily)
The Ministry of Civil Affairs
on Tuesday set up a committee to regulate China's wedding service market.
The Wedding Service Committee of the China Social Work Association aims to
regulate products and services provided by wedding companies and train wedding
The wedding service market involves over 40 industries like jewelry,
hairdressing, photography, hotel and tourism, which created an annual market
worth 250 billion yuan (30.5 billion US dollars) in China, said Xu Liugen,
deputy president of the association.
According to a recent survey in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou cities, every
new couple bought 5,820 yuan worth of jewelry on average. Figures from the
ministry show nearly 10 million couples who married in the country a year would
like to spend 31 percent of their savings on their marriage.
Such a potential market needs to be regulated by the government to maintain
its order and development, said Xu