When marriage became HIP
Marriage. It appears it’s cool again. I remember there was a time, roughly 6 years ago, when getting married welcomed gasps of “What?! Marry? Why????”. Everyone was too busy getting back on their feet after the financial crisis to even contemplate the idea of swoony romance. Some married out of sheer panic to stick together in such a troubled and anxious time and some were so thrown by the chaos of life that they became isolated and selfish in their quest to survive. Slowly over time however, it seems that marrying for the sake of love (the only true reason it should ever be entered into) has become popular again. Hallelujah! Love is back and it feels amazing. From gorgeous, intimate weddings a deux in the style of Kiera Knightly and Olivia Palermo to grand celebrations of matrimonial whirlwind bliss a la George Cloony and his beautiful bride Amal, weddings are BACK!
While weddings have always been an important milestone in family life, there seems to be an excitable love of weddings bubbling away everywhere you look at the moment. Maybe it was the financial crisis which made us realize that it is, in fact, love that makes the world go round (not a great big bank balance, no matter how secure that may feel). The Guardian reported in July 2013 that “by 2016, if trends continue as they are, more than half of all babies will be born “out of wedlock” but with the british government welcoming the sanctuary of marriage with a married couple tax allowance, the jury is officially out. However from my personal experience of wedding planning around the world, I am thrilled to report that marrying your one big love is truly alive and well, which makes me realise why I love what I do. I can’t help but think that this is a trend that should keep on gathering pace to help build commitment, lasting love and real happiness in the world. Life isn’t all roses and romance, and marriage is a true testament to that. It’s about two people who adore each other, having fun through the hard times and committing to standing side by side through whatever curveballs life throws at you. To me, it’s as simple and beautiful as that. This favourite quote from Breakfast at Tiffany’s says it all: “Life’s a fact. People do fall in love, people do belong to one another, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness”. Here here Ms. Hepburn! Images supplied by Pinterest and WhiteMagazine.com.au.