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dreaming of the perfect pre-nup

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Nov 11, 2003

Caitlin Flanagan offers some observations on weddings, and near-weddings, in The Atlantic.

Whereas a wedding once provided young people with a moment of transformation so powerful that even a modestly funded event was a momentous one, nowadays -- with marriage an iffy bet and with most betrothed couples having already helped themselves to all the liberties of adulthood -- the only way to underline the moment is to put on an elaborate and costly show.

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  • Posted by: frjimc - Nov. 12, 2003 8:12 AM ET USA

    Among my priest friends, weddings are the least favorite sacramental moment. Not only do the overwhelming majority of the parties involved not practice their faith, most don't even have any sense of what they're doing. To me, Holy Matrimony is, alongside Holy Order, as perfect a witness to Christ's sacrifice as any to which we humans can attain. Unfortunately, most couples can only think about the glitz and glam. The most-asked question is, 'how long will the ceremony last, Father?"

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