Don't let the cost of a wedding keep you from getting married

I once put together a wedding for some friends in one week. They had no time or money and were going to show up at a small chapel with only two witnesses.

So I got on the phone, called 60 friends, had everyone bring a side dish and a bottle of wine. I cooked platters of meat, ordered a sheet cake, decorated a beautiful room in the church with candles and white helium balloons.

The bride and groom were honored. They felt loved, and were absolutely thrilled.

Marriage rates have dropped drastically in the last few decades. Today, 53 percent of all babies born to women under-age-30 are outside of marriage. Yet marriage lifts women and children out of poverty. Research shows