First it was the family priest who would meticulously research the “rishta” or “match” for the family by drawing on his immense community network resources. Then it was an era of the matrimonial classified columns in all the leading newspapers which would carry short and terse classifieds about demure brides and bashful bridegrooms. Today, marriages are literally made in heaven-online, in the Internet space.
As a parent of a child ready for marriage, independent and well settled professional or even a sibling interested in helping a sister tie the proverbial knot, you now have the option of visiting a matrimony website to explore possibilities. Here are five things you should consider when picking the right matrimonial website where you will find hundreds of current profiles for both brides and grooms:
Post your Profile
Examining hundreds of profiles for a possible match is an excellent way to identify the right rishta or match but a better way still is to post a profile for the bride or the groom you represent. As the primary online match maker, you should organize an impressive profile complete with a comprehensive and crisply written bio data, short family history and other pertinent information.
Online Picture Portfolio
Most established matrimony websites allow you to post a picture portfolio. A picture is certainly worth a thousand words. However, it is a good idea not to go overboard with your picture uploads. Be conservative and submit additional photographs directly only when there is a serious inquiry worthy of follow up. We do not recommend video uploads since videos are for weddings. The focus of the picture gallery which serves as an adjunct to your profile is to set the tone for an ongoing dialog which will hopefully culminate in a ritualistic ceremony.
Privacy and Confidentiality
Although all major matrimonial portals take care to carefully screen their subscribers, there is nothing to prevent someone from misusing access. Therefore, we recommend that contact information should be limited only to an e-mail address. Phone numbers, home and work addresses and other identifying information should never be posted. If the bride, for instance, is employed with ABCD Infotech, mention “a reputed computer software company” instead of mentioning the name of the employer. Many matrimony websites provide profile snippets to site visitors under free access. These snippets are also indexed by the search engines thus making a portion of the profile public. Eliminate any and all identifiable information in the profile you post and make it available only at a personal level when you receive a legitimate matrimonial inquiry for a rishta.
Prompt Responses Build Relationships
Within days of posting a profile on a matrimony website, you will begin to receive responses. You should take the time out to examine each response in depth, respond politely to those that do not meet your expectations and respond immediately to those that do. Remember that the “other party” is also sending out multiple feelers with a view to identifying a suitable rishta. Time is always of the essence when it comes to organized match making.
Respond to Profiles
Just posting a profile and waiting for the door bell to ring may not be enough. Be proactive. Browse the matrimony website on which you have posted the profile and look for others who have also registered on the website. Chances are that the marriage proposal you have been seeking far and wide might just be on the same website as you.
The match maker’s global quest is painstaking but nevertheless exciting. A few hours spent every week is sure to bring you winning results. Follow the tips we have suggested here and watch the rishta of your dreams emerge in true and vivid color.
All set to make the rounds of matrimony websites and matrimonial portals to find the perfect match? The article presents five insights into how you can plan a winning campaign and find a partner for your son, daughter or yourself in record time.