France dating and marriage customs
We don’t care to know what happen to Ariel and Eric after the wedding because we just assume they are in love forever and everything’s perfect.Ursula’s dead, Ariel has legs, and they got married on an awesome boat — what else could be wrong!?In general, less people are getting married in France.For Americans, a wedding is seen as the natural next step in a relationship where you commit to be together for your life and therefore want to be religiously and legally bound.
Not only do the French maintain their independence when they’re in relationships, but they also always make sure their partner knows they are extremely confident in themselves (even when they’re not).
But even if our hearts are sold on the fairytale, deep down we know better.
We know marriage takes hard work and patience and 42% of them end in divorce.
The French believe a wedding is not everything it’s cracked up to be in the US, and it’s thought more to be one of the many steps in a relationship that a couple may or may not take, more so than a happy ending.
Because of this, when a couple does get married, they do not assume the wedding to be their Happily Ever After.
But the French make an intriguing point for keeping “life partner” and “best friend” reserved for separate people.