How does that work? My sister is unsure if she wants a marriage. But she's engaged. And my mom suggested that she doesn't need to have a wedding even though they want to be a married couple? im really confused about this. Can people change their last names t their husbands as an example and be considered a married couple?
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The thing people sometimes don't realize is that law and religious traditions aren't really absolute. You can, really, do whatever you want. You can change your name whenever you want to; will the government recognize it without approval? Who knows, that's their call, but you can carry on with your new name, who says you can't?
Same goes with marriage. You don't need a wedding ceremony, or pay taxes for it, or higher a priest. You don't even need a ring. You can define a marriage any way you'd like, nothing says you can't.
If you read into the history of marriage, it's changed a lot in the last 60 or 70 years. A diamond ring wasn't a normality. Name changes weren't drafted to the government and approved, you just did it and everyone else had to accept it.
But, nowadays, people are a lot more involved with the privacy of our lives and even enforce that our choices must be approved by them. So, you can have a wedding any way you want, change your name to the husbands. But just like you freely making these choices, the government, communities, religion has the same freedom to not recognize it as "official".
Look up Common Law Marriage.
In conclusion, life is complicated._.0