Sunday 25 June 2017

A wedding is a rite of passage, a day to take on adult responsibilities

A newly married couple enjoying a quiet moment alone. Photo: Getty Images.
A newly married couple enjoying a quiet moment alone. Photo: Getty Images.
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Weddings: I love them. I'm always suggesting to couples that they should get married. "Go on," I say, sounding like Mrs Doyle in 'Father Ted'. "You will, you will." And in the end, if they stay together, they often do.

Sometimes it's just because they grow fed up with calling each other "partner", as if they were a law firm or one half of Marks & Spencer. "Partner" must be just about the least sexy moniker known to man.

Or sometimes it's because they start having children, and it seems simpler to be husband and wife – or that nice gender-neutral word derived from the French, spouse – with family in tow.

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