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Modern Marriage

Wedding season is here, and while we're digging out those garden-party dresses, we're also reflecting upon the ancient institution of marriage and its place in modern society. Though pundits across the Internet endlessly speculate that marriage is falling out of fashion, it's a tradition that still holds huge meaning for many of us. It's true. The importance of marriage to each of us (and its very definition) is changing...but what makes most of us get hitched? From atypical arrangements to decades of wedded bliss, we gathered a handful of voices to find out what marriage looks like to women the world over in 2015.

The Truth About Marriage in 2015

I love weddings! This goes without saying since I’m a bridal expert and founder of the bridal inspiration site, The Anti Bridezilla. And, I’m also married. But as much as I love weddings, and fully... Read
Submitted by Dorian Smith-Garcia | 06.30.15 6am
Courtesy of, Geoff Johnson Photography

Why Stress About Marriage When You Can "Pin" A Wedding? 

My husband likes to say that I’m the most well-adjusted child of divorce he’s ever met. His rationale: I don’t have daddy issues. I don’t have a fear of commitment. I wasn’t one of those kids who... Read
Submitted by Kristin Larson | 06.29.15 2am

I Changed My Name When I Got Married...But I Didn't Take His

Women have changed their last names from their father’s to their new husband’s — a tradition that used to symbolize the transfer of “property” from one man to another. That property, of course, was... Read
Submitted by Britni de la Cretaz | 06.26.15 2am

Getting Divorced Saved Me

I would have thought getting married and divorced would give me some kind of insight into marriage, but the biggest lesson I’ve learned through it all is that humans are terrible at predicting how we... Read
Submitted by Cathy Reisenwitz | 06.25.15 2am

Why Poly Marriage Works...For Us

My husband and I went through several drafts of our wedding vows, but none of them included a promise to “forsake all others.” We have been polyamorous since we met, meaning that we sometimes have... Read
Submitted by Alexa | 06.24.15 2am
Jeremy and Jessica Martin-Weber

Egalitarian Marriage, When Spouses Are Equal

It has been 18 years since we got married and in our first visible act of equality in our relationship, we both hyphenated our names, taking each other’s last name. From the very beginning, as we... Read
Submitted by Jessica Martin-Weber | 06.23.15 5am

I Had A Starter Marriage Before I Met The One

Unfortunately, I participated in the cultural phenomenon now known as the “starter marriage,” having tied the knot with my college boyfriend in my early 20s. This marriage lasted only a year. My... Read
Submitted by Pamela Hobart | 06.10.15 12pm