The wedding was not particularly different from any other weddings I had attended in the past few years.The only real difference was the number of guests, and the dishes* (meals?) served on the tables appeared to indicate the different status of the families of the bridegroom and his bride. But this can only convey a very limited amount of information in regard to the wealth of the families involved. This is because these kind of local (could say 'parochial') weddings are so standardized and would only cost about tens of thousands Yuan, even a relatively poor family can afford them. Also the money received from the guests may more or less cover the expenses - and occasionally even exceed them. Moreover, it is a matter of 'saving face'. Even a family stricken for years by the harshness of frugal economy will try all out to hold a decent looking wedding.
* When you say "dishes on the table" do you mean the actual physical plates on the meals on the plates?
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