A looser knot: The state of marriage as an institution

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Marriage is changing into much less hidebound, much less dutiful and fewer compulsory—however much more essential, says Joel Budd

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“THIS IS SO exciting!” trills a younger lady, squeezing her good friend’s arm. Laid out earlier than her, within the Olympia exhibition centre in west London, is the National Wedding Show. Some 300 retailers have turned as much as promote every thing that’s wanted to throw a marriage, and an amazing many issues in addition to. There are florists, harpists, teeth-whiteners, tiara-sellers, a fireworks agency and greater than a dozen photographers. A new firm, Hitch and Pooch, arranges for folks’s canines to play a job of their weddings—as ring-bearers, say. Every two hours a …

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