Thanks to the economic recession, fewer people got married in the Netherlands over 2009 than in the years before. That doesn't necessarily mean we favour living together to wedlock these days. On the contrary: surveys have shown that young people still regard marriage as a long term goal. Entering into matrimony is what 75 % of them expect to do at some point in their lives. They just postpone taking the big leap for a little bit longer. Here is a fine example of one of our youngest enthousiasts...
Yesterday was the day our brother got married! Much to my surprise, I might add, though I seem to be the only one. After all, he's the hippie among us three siblings! Isn't the general idea to just make lots of love and be freeeeeee?
What little did I know: tying the knot seems to always have been the intention and here's one couple that didn't want to wait anymore!
Ofcourse, us fervent mockers of marriage really do think this is all besides the point. If you choose to be with another person, why does that necessarily have to be on specific day in your life only? Why can it not be... every other day, from this point forward?
It's quite clear we think this is all rather funny. See us laughing our heads off?
* figures on marriage etc. found at www.cbs.nl.