Top Ten Reasons People Get Married

Relationships begin in many ways and for many reasons. The end result is always one of two options though: you break up or get married. While breakups are more common, marriage happens to most everyone at some point.

Whether it's confessing your love for your spouse or just reaping the tax benefits, there are many reasons people choose to tie the knot. Once married, the struggle to stay that way can often be one of the most difficult challenges one can undertake - though it is also one of the most rewarding. Statistically speaking, most marriages end in divorce but that doesn't mean two people shouldn't get married in the first place.

Below are the top ten reasons people use to get married. Some are more romantic while others are solely practical. I imagine there's a reason on the list that fits most people's relationship.

The Top Ten

1 To declare their love

Nothing says "I love you" like doing it legally in front of friends and family. Letting the world know you have feelings for the other person is one of the most compelling reasons people choose to get married. - Finch

This is the only reason I will marry. If there's no feeling in it, there's no point, and it will only end in despair. - PositronWildhawk

I want to let people know he's the only one and I'm his only one. It's another reason to celebrate

Love is the only thing that makes the world goes around, Sorry,money. You are just the expectations for taxes,grocery and transportation. - kontrahinsunu

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2 Tax relief

It really can be cheaper to get married. While living alone is undoubtedly the cheapest option, if you are dating or living with someone already, getting the increased income and/or tax write-offs can help the piggy bank swell. - Finch

3 To make a statement
4 Family pressure

Dating for a decade can often put pressure on the family to keep up appearances. Whether religious, social, or economic pressures are at play, many people simply get married to stop being hassled by their family about it. - Finch

So then the mum for example doesn't have to do all the jobs. - micahisthebest

5 Pregnancy

Sadly, the "shotgun" weddings are all too common. Feeling that a child should be both into a legal union can cause a couple to slingshot their relationship faster than it would have otherwise. - Finch

This was how my parents got married. My mom was pregnant with my brother when they got married. Thankfully, I was the planned child. - Merilille

6 To share insurance

Most states still do not allow civil unions or commonlaw couples to share health insurance. In those instances, marriage is often the only way for one person to get covered by another person's insurance. - Finch

7 Religious pressure

Many religions do not allow unwed couples to have sexual relations and that can put a strain on a relationship. I have personally known of some couples who went to Las Vegas for a quicky marriage just so they could have sex with their church's blessing. - Finch

8 Publicity

How many Hollywood weddings are there? How many last longer than 5 years? Most of the Hollywood elite somehow seem to find themselves pairing up with another of their status simply to increase the sales of their last album or movie. It's the rare few that marry a nobody and stay married for the long haul. - Finch

9 Financial windfall

Whether it be the gold-digger looking to inherit a fortune or the destitute looking for a meal ticket, people latch on to another due to their monetary value and the lifestyle it promises. - Finch

10 To start a family of their own

The Contenders

11 To conceal homosexuality
12 To have sex

Well, this is probably true for a lot of people but not for me. For me, it's to declare our love, then have sex and get pregnant. And yes, you should be married before having sex. It is super satisfying, though, especially the cowgirl position.

You don't actually have to be married or in a relationship to get sex. You just have to find someone who's willing to do it with you. And sadly, there's a lot slutty people who are willing to do it, with anyone and everyone that wants it.

13 To spend more time with their loved ones.
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15 Peer pressure
16 To have children
17 For protection
18 To begin a legacy

To declare your love is obviously the best reason but this is a lovely added item which made me smile. - Britgirl

19 For the inheritance
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