They might also employ the services of the local matchmaker.
Once a match is established, the elders of the family first meet at a neutral place to talk and also to figure out the suitability of the match firsthand.
In these meetings, the families try to judge the financial and cultural barometer of each other through direct or indirect talks.
In typical arranged marriages, the parents decide every facet of the process and the prospective bride and groom just show up at the prearranged date of marriage.
The parents send out words through that they are looking for a match for their child through their social circle (neighbors and relatives).
History & Evolution Historically speaking, weddings during the Vedic times took place by a variety of methods.
While arranged marriages were preferred, the consent of the bride was generally taken into consideration.
Caste: Caste is another important criterion in the list.
Hindu religion is divided and subdivided into several castes, which are again branched out into sub-castes.
While seeking a match, the parents prefer to choose a candidate belonging to same or compatible caste and sub-caste.
This is probably done to preserve the ethnicity of the caste and to seek a match with people having similar customs as one.
Another survey by IPSOS in 2013, revealed that 74% of young Indians, aged between 18-35 years said that they would rather let their parents choose their life partners, than choosing themselves.