Thursday, May 6, 2010

The timeless allure of weddings

What is it about weddings that so captures the imagination of women around the world? Unlike in days gone by, a wedding now often doesn't represent the passage from dependency to adulthood, or a separation from your parents. Now, people wed later in life than they used to, perhaps for the second (or third, or fourth, or . . . ) time. Couples often live together for a long time, sometimes having kids together, before tying the knot, yet the wedding is still special. Why is that?

I noted with amusement that Mariah Carey recently renewed her wedding vows . . . for the third time, after only two years of marriage. (Hey, I think if you get married three times, it ought to be to three different husbands, but that's just me.) The wedding fantasy is appealing to so many of us, I think, because it's our chance to dress up and play princess in a way that modern life doesn't let us do very often. But Mariah's had plenty of opportunities to dress up, so something else must be at play here. Perhaps it's just the opportunity to have the attention of your friends and family focused on you, for at least a day, so that you can tell them just how much your spouse means to you. That's the way it should be.


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