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Marriage isn’t only for the young—it’s for the young at heart who see the beauty in uniting your life with another’s. And you can be young at heart at any age. But while marriage isn’t only for the young, the wedding industry seems pretty tailored to the young. Society tends to expect you to get married young. When was the last time the model in a bridal catalog looked over the age of 25? Probably never. Do you see many “Engaged to” statuses on Facebook of couples over the age of 35? Not likely. Though the average age of marriage varies by country, the oldest average is still just 33.1 in Germany. In the United States, that age drops to 27.9. So it’s to be expected that people react a little differently when you get married past that age. Here is what happens when you get married later in life.


You care less about the dress

If you get married in your 40s or 50s, you’re a bit more practical about the dress. Your parents probably aren’t paying for it at this point and, furthermore, you actually understand the value of $3,000, so you’re not dropping that on a dress. You just want something that flatters you and looks nice, but you aren’t putting the equivalent of an apartment down payment on it.


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