Shuiyuan Chen, 22
With 10 million weddings a year, the Chinese marriage industry is now worth an estimated $57 billion. Chen's lavish nuptials to her college sweetheart were typical for an urban educated couple: They celebrated with a banquet for 600 guests costing almost $50,000. Before agreeing to tie the knot, most modern brides insist their fiancés have a high salary and own an apartment. Chen, an accountant, lucked out--her new husband's family owns an entire 14-floor apartment building in Shenzhen. The downside? Her mother-in-law lives above them.