Forty-five years ago people got married when they were a lot younger than they are today. It wasn’t unusual in the 60’s for a bride to be 18 and the groom was 20. In fact, I got married when I was 22 and Betty was 21. We have been married for 51 years, but that is another story. Today’s bride is usually a lot older than a 60’s bride. Also, it is not unusual for today’s groom to be younger than his bride. I think it is that way in over half the marriages.
Speaking of older brides, I did a wedding a while back where the bride was 90 years old. When her husband died, she announced that she was getting married within a couple of months. She married a man who worked for them. He was about 85. She had four bridesmaids and four groomsmen. She wore a full blown wedding dress and had a couple of great-grandchildren as flower girls. The reception was held at the Roaring 20’s and people danced and drank all night.
I knew another man whose wife died and he remarried very soon thereafter. They went to Mexico on their honeymoon and he died while they were there! They had trouble getting his body out of Mexico because of the legal paperwork.
I could go on, but you get what I am saying. Today people are waiting longer to get married. In fact they sometimes have children together before they get married. A few years ago, I did a wedding on New Year’s Eve and both of the flower girls were their own children. I asked the groom why they waited so long to be married. He said, “We just wanted to be sure we were right for each other.” OK.