A wedding isn't a marriage...

...it just starts one

February 2, 2012 | by Peter Jon Mitchell , Senior Researcher, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
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  1. Wedding Bells. (2011). Wedding trends in Canada [website]. Retrieved from http://www.weddingbells.ca/results/
  2. Statistics Canada. (2007). 2006 Census: Family portrait: continuity and change in Canadian families and households in 2006: National portrait: Census Families. Retrieved from http://www12.statcan.ca/census-recensement/2006/as-sa/97-553/p2-eng.cfm
  3. Statistics Canada. (2007, January 17). The Daily. Retrieved from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/070117/dq070117a-eng.htm
  4. Cherlin, A. J. (2009). The Marriage-Go-Round. New York, Alfred A. Knopf. P. 139.
  5. Regnerus, M. and Uecker, J. (2011).  Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think About Marrying. New York: Oxford University Press.
  6. Rebecca Mead as quoted in Cherlin (2009), p. 141.
  7. Cherlin (2009), p. 142.
  8. Ibid.
  9. For a short summary of the benefits of marriage see; Institute of Marriage and Family Canada. (2011, September 15) Benefits of marriage for adults [website]. Retrieved from http://www.imfcanada.org/fact-sheet/benefits-marriage-adults
  10. Regnerus and Uecker (2011), p. 170.