Obviously I believe in marriage and what it stands for, that it’s powerful and wonderful and a benefit to individuals, couples…even society. But check out this article, “Census data: Marriages in 2009 at record low level“. It talks about a bunch of other stuff besides marriage (income level, housing report, etc.), but I think the stuff about getting hitched is interesting.
“The new figures show, among other things, that marriages fell to a record low level in 2009, with just 52 percent of adults 18 and over saying they were joined in wedlock, compared to 57 percent in 2000. On the issue of marriage among adults 25-34, roughly 46.3 percent reported they had never wed. It was the first time the share of unmarried young adults exceeded the 44.9 percent who were married. The recession took a dramatic toll on the institution of marriage in America last year, new figures show, with weddings for people 18 and older at the lowest ebb in over a hundred years.”
Why aren’t folks getting married? I’m not gonna lie, I’m surprised. You’d almost think that the marriage rate would be higher in a recession…but I guess people don’t have to get married to live together and share bills and whatnot. They don’t talk about cohabitation, but I’d be willing to be that that’s way up!
Did you and your honey consider waiting out the bad economy to get married? I wonder how many dudes are ready to ask their girlfriend’s to marry them, but are sweating out the recession. I talked a lot during my planning phase about the cost of weddings, it’d be interesting to see what the economic impact of not having all of those weddings is having. Our small budget wedding cost $11k…and a month later we went to one that cost $50k. Those are tangible additions to a sputtering economy. So I guess what I’m saying is, go on and get married…it’s good for the country!