This past weekend, I went to go see a sneak preview of a certain movie (I don't want to say, because if I do, I'll be a spoiler) that ended with the two main love interests resolving their differences, and getting married. I have to admit, I "Awwww[ed]" in unison with fellow audience members, but I couldn't help but wonder why the film made it seem as if getting married was a couple's only option to obtain happiness.
Views of love and marriage have changed greatly over the past decades. For example, in television, it seems as if present society's answer to Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, a wacky, married couple, who didn't even sleep in the same bed, is Meredith Grey and Derek Shepard, a couple who isn't married, but do have premarital sex.
Despite this, some people today do desire dream weddings. Women on shows like Bridezillas and My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding portrays those who feel as if every single detail of their wedding isn't perfect, they'll be cursed with a loveless marriage.
At the end of the day, love is simple, and just is. No costly ceremony is required. Sure, someday I'd love to profess my love for some man in front of friends, family, and God, but I feel as if it's not a way of making things official. I mean, look at Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell; they've been together since '83, and they're in no rush to get to the altar anytime soon. They're a perfect example in my opinion of how love can last without putting a ring on someone's finger.
"The only real security in a relationship lies neither in looking back in nostalgia, nor forward in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now."
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh