The Atlantic

Why More Couples Are Getting Married by a Friend

By the power vested in me by our friendship, I now pronounce you married.
Source: Todd Pearson / Getty

In November, Alex Lynn, 26, will marry her fiancé, Alex Tignor, 27. The officiant for their wedding will be none other than their close friend, who is also named Alex. “To have someone so important to us be the person who pronounces us husband and wife will make our ceremony all the more special and meaningful,” Lynn says. This three-Alex wedding will be one of a growing number of marriage ceremonies officiated by a friend of the couple. Many couples are forgoing religious norms and traditional vows for wedding ceremonies they feel are more individualized, more intimate, and maybe even more fun.

[Read: The wedding-industry bonanza, on full display]

The exact proportion of couples being married by a friend varies depending on the data you look at, but the numbers are clearly growing. The wedding site The Knot has been conducting a survey on wedding trends for . The site’s editor told that friend officiants weren’t even to make the 2008 survey. The question was added in used a friend officiant, and by 2015, . A different study by the Wedding that 25.7 of polled couples were wed by a friend or family member in 2017, a jump from 16.4 percent in 2010. According to Ellen Lamont, a sociologist at Appalachian State University who researches gender, dating, and family, there are multiple reasons why the best-friend-turned-officiant trend is growing, and why it might continue to.

Estás leyendo una vista previa, regístrate para leer más.

Más de The Atlantic

The Atlantic2 min. leídosMedical
The Atlantic Daily: The Battle to Contain the Pandemic Enters a New Phase
Every weekday evening, our editors guide you through the biggest stories of the day, help you discover new ideas, and surprise you with moments of delight. Subscribe to get this delivered to your inbox. President Joe Biden delivered his inaugural add
The Atlantic4 min. leídosAmerican Government
The Biden Generation’s Last Chance
The country’s future now rests in the hands of a generation that won’t be around to see the outcomes of its decisions.
The Atlantic8 min. leídosAmerican Government
Trump’s Parting Gift to Joe Biden
Tension within the Republican coalition over the Capitol riot could push GOP-leaning voters into the new president’s camp.