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Reasons Why People Get Married

May 6, 2010


Why get married? There are some crazy reasons why people get married, and then there are some better reasons for getting married. A happy marriage is dependent on making sure you’re getting married for the right reasons.

Crazy Reasons to Get Married

1. You hear your biological clock ticking.
2. Your prospective bride/groom is totally hot.
3. Your prospective bride/groom is filthy rich.
4. All your friends are married, and it seems like the thing to do.
5. It will be good for your career.
6. It seems like the next stage of life you should enter.
7. Your parents think you should get married.
8. You’re afraid you can’t do any better.
9. You think your partner can make you happy.
10. You have the perfect life planned out with him/her.

10 Better Reasons to Marry

1. You can’t imagine spending your days or nights apart from your fiancé.
2. You find your mate interesting, compatible and kind.
3. You want to have children together, and you know marriage improves family stability.
4. You have similar values and life goals.
5. You respect and celebrate your differences.
6. You feel like the luckiest person in the world to have found your mate.
7. You are committed to a lifetime of seeking to please one another.
8. You are confident you can overcome any hardship together.
9. You know each other so well that you are happier and more effective as a couple than alone.
10. You’ve shared your deepest flaws and pain, and love each other anyway.

What do you think? What are some of the craziest or best reasons to get married you can think of? Share them in the comments section below.

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Lori Lowe provides marriage tips and research at LifeGems4Marriage.com. She has spent more than two years interviewing happily married couples and studying relationship research. Her upcoming book is called First Kiss to Lasting Bliss: Using Adversity to Unite Your Marriage. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband of nearly 15 years and their two children.

5 Responses to Reasons Why People Get Married

  1. Chelle on May 8, 2010 at 12:40 am

    I love these lists Lori – it’s too easy to fall into the crazy reasons and not remember that you need the reasons from the second list in order for the relationship to stay thriving!

  2. Lori Ferguson on May 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I’ve looked at your lists from two perspectives – the first as a mother with a son who is getting married in October, and the second as a wife who has been married more than 25 years.

    For my son and his fiance, I imagine the reasons they’re getting married are found on both lists. (Hopefully more from the second list.)

    As a wife of 25+ years, the second list made me realize the last 25 years have completely confirmed every reason to get married, and are concrete reasons to stay married for the next 25 years.

    Great insight – and a super “check-up” list for those of us who’re already married!

  3. David on May 16, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Know a couple people that got married for crazy reason number 2, problem is people don’t stay hot forever.

  4. Matt on June 25, 2010 at 3:09 am

    One of the craziest reasons to get married is for one person to gain citizenship to a country. It happens quite often, too.

    I know of at least one couple that did this, and they got sprung for it. Also, I was asked by a woman to marry her so she could remain in Australia. She offered to pay me quite a bit of money, too!

  5. Architecture Linked on July 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I blog on an Architecture Social Network and it seems that a lot of my members have trouble with the relationship/marriage thing since their profession demands so much of their time and attention. I would venture to say some of them get married to other Archtiects just because they’re there.