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I understand this concept too. It seems to be a personal choice. I am really not sure myself. Is it about the bride? The couple? The family? Or is it socially pushed upon us? It seems personal.
"the Wedding Ceremony may indeed be the most important piece in the puzzle of a long and blissful marriage."
More important than (whom) you marry?
Even if a ceremony is only done before the justice of the peace the marriage is just as sacred.
You really think that a marriage with a Justice of the Peace is just as sacred?
I have some big questions about the fairy tale idea of a wedding versus the actual spiritual implications. It seems 30,000+ has very little to do with the faith and more to do with impressing others or pleasing ourselves.
This is so true. Good for you for escaping the brainwashing.
Weddings - not marriages - do not have to be about religion nor between a man and a woman. Even historically the "one man/one woman/all about love" idea that the conservative religious right wants to promote these days is historically inaccurate.