I thought about this a lot right after we got engaged in July 2010. Lately as I’ve been dragged down into the nitty-gritty details of wedding planning, I’ve asked myself this question a lot less. I’m asking it again now because so many of the great comments about name change got me thinking about the different ways in which we define marriage, both for ourselves and for the larger societal group that we belong to.
So, talk to me: what does marriage mean to you? If you are married, do you have a different definition of marriage now than you did when you were engaged and planning your wedding? How have your definitions shifted over time?
I’m really interested to hear your thoughts.