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What is it about weddings? People will attend weddings for couples they barely know. Family and friends will spend significant amounts of money to travel to a wedding. Viewers love to watch television programs about weddings or see movies about weddings. Readers love hearing wedding stories and looking through wedding magazines. Why do we love weddings?

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Seeing people you care about finding the person they want to spend their life with and celebrate Love appeals to my heart.

totally agree with you, Yvonne! There's something about a wedding and two people joining together as one that speaks to us on a deep emotional level.

I think love is the ultimate symbol of hope, and I think seeing people commit to each other despite all the challenges and obstacles that are surely to come renews hope in all of us!

Mandie, love this question! Maybe it's the romantic in all of us? Some people openly wear their heart on their sleeve; others keep their emotions hidden deep inside. Yet weddings tend to bring out the best in us... they signify love, honor, commitment, and hope for the future. Aren't all of us longing for those things? I'm lucky enough to have a 'day job' at a castle (yes! a real American castle!) that hosts weddings - nearly 200 per year... and I've seen my share of brides. Love 'peeking' through the Castle window near my office, and watching as a bride walks down the aisle. I've been at the Castle 9 years, and I used to watch the bride... but now I usually focus on the groom. 85% of them tear up as they catch sight of their bride approaching. It's lovely to watch. Weddings are wonderful!

I loved watching the grooms when I was an event planner as well. Especially when it was some big tough guy with such a tough exterior, but seeing his bride walk toward him and experiencing the depth of emotion involved with a commitment of that level cousin brung him to tears and reveal a completely different side. Beautiful thing to see someone able to make themselves vulnerable for another.

I think it's the idea of happily ever after that draws people to weddings.

Which is why the fairy tale concept persists--we all want to believe love can conquer all and last forever!

I am sorry. This is the only question for which I have not a clue. I only send gifts and good feelings, but never attend.  The only wedding I ever went to was mine, 20 years ago. God willing - except for a possible redo at year 25 - I will never be at another.

Congrats on 20 years!!! That's an accomplishment to be proud of. And best wishes for a renewal at 25. When we got engaged, my husband and I were advised by a couple we knew to renew our vows each year. They had done that each year for over 50 years! The wife said renewing annually reminds you of the commitment and reaffirms what you promised each other. The husband said if anyone told him he had to spend the rest of his life with her, he would go mad. But he can handle a year at a time, so he signs up every year for one more year! Haha. It's worked for us so far!

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