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For the last decade the Wedding has been the “thing”.  Marriage has become a byproduct of the pomp and circumstances of outlandish vow trading ceremonies.  We all know about the Kim K. /K. Humphries televised event.  Recently a newsmagazine did a story about an 800 pound bride who was getting the final fitting for her wedding dress.  And there was the story about the couples in China who got married underwater in a marine museum.


It seems that a lot of people are spending a lot of time, effort, and money trying to create an event that will get attention.  There was even a couple who had their wedding televised from a four-star restaurant with all of the details of the ceremony determined by viewers’ votes.


But I’ve begin to notice a new trend in the pre-marriage game.  Have you noticed how people are going out of their way to come up with unique marriage proposals?  You see people getting engaged on planes and trains and busses.  On television music shows, and at ballgames.  There was even a recent proposal made for marriage at a graduation ceremony.  I’m not sure if that was the right place or the right time, but a lot of people are putting in a lot of effort to find a unique way to propose that gets attention.  Marriage is just collateral damage.  The important thing is to come up with a proposal that will go viral on the internet.


I guess, in reality, none of this is necessarily a bad thing.  I just wonder how much time effort and energy is being expended by these couples to develop a working relationship.  When you consider that statistics indicate that half of all marriages in the U.S. end up in divorce, it would seem to me the proposal and the wedding should hold less significance than the marriage. 


Of course, I understand that there is a lot of money to be made in the wedding industry, but I also understand that divorce lawyers don’t do too bad either.


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