151 young couples tied the knot at a mass wedding hosted by Indian diamond trader Mahesh Savani in Surat (Dec.6), who has been funding the weddings of fatherless women in the city for several years. Weddings in India are expensive affairs with the bride’s family traditionally expected to pay the groom a large dowry of cash and gifts. Hundreds of people, mostly family members and neighbours of the couple, are hosted at lavish meals over a number of days adding to the costs. Savani said he first stepped in to play the role of the father in 2008, when one of his employees died a few days before the weddings of his two daughters. The wedding and gifts for the 151 couples cost more than US$ 750,000, with around 100,000 guests joining in the three days of festivities. Each of the brides received gold jewellery, clothes, and pots and pans to set up her new home, much like the dowry given in traditional Indian weddings.