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

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." Not sure who said this but it's perfect. My parents are still happily married (most of the time) after nearly fifty years. - Britgirl

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

Declaring a love for someone that you love and a strong commitment is one of the two reasons why people marry (though there are many other reasons than that).

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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

Commercial Guy* tired of taxes? Random person: yeah commercial guy: just. Merry a crazy rich dumb guy and no more taxes must be older than 66 to Order your crazy rich dude (fake)


No more taxes :D

3 To make a statement

Whether it's people getting married "ironically" to contest the government or gay couples feeling like they should get married just because they can in their state, many people choose to say their vows just because they can. It's not the best reason but it definitely happens. - Finch

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

Not Fun when it isn't yours.
Not Fun when it is yours.


6 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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 To start a family of their own

This is the one I want.

Considering that I have once stated that relationships these days tend to be more advantageous to the females rather than the males, I want to actually get into a relationship that I know will have sure commitment. I want to have a relationship with someone who will be willing to have a family, and will be willing to share the hardships of having one. I don't want to get into a relationship with someone, find out that they are just looking for excitement (because then these are the ones who just want to have sex with every guy they know of) and run off.

I say this because I could very well be hooking up with a girl some time on my job soon. We have the same position, and she follows me due to my experience. But I just want to get something rather clear first, and I am hoping that things will turn out alright. - Nonpointed

That is amazing how you can have a family by marrying.

Actual reason.


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The Newcomers

? Arranged marriage

true - Ilovestephanie

The Contenders

11 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.

Come on guys don't try to act mature. You know you want this - MemeTheKeem

You don't have to be married to do it - Demon_Kitty

I am having sex right now

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12 God's blessing

Weddings where not made by Christianity. Its just a forgotten Pagan thing seeing as Paganism was banned, Pagans where killed out of the churches jealousy.

This should be the main reason.

13 To conceal homosexuality

Many people do it to conceal the homosexuality but at the same time its wrong because you are giving false hopes to the person you are marrying just come out and be proud of who you are and don't let anyone hold you down

We've heard of the gay men getting married to women to conceal their lifestyle, they even have a name for it: a beard. The same happens for women though less often. Nonetheless, keeping up with social pressures can be motivation enough for some to marry someone just to keep up appearances. - Finch

14 To spend more time with their loved ones.
15 To suffer



16 To have children

This is a great list. Although I don't wanna marry, I like this list. - Userguy44

for money


17 For protection

One/One -11 says for unity

18 For money

Lol what do you mean

19 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

20 For the inheritance
21 Because everyone is doing it
22 Peer pressure
23 To share money

As long as the wife/husband doesn't take advantage of each other's money controlling each other's fiances because each spouse should control their own money.

24 Throw a party

Just to have an excuse to have your friends and family tiogether for a good party.

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