Ever since I got married, I have cried at every wedding I've been to. Starting with my sister-in-law's wedding a month after mine. I really sobbed at that one. I think I just wasn't prepared for the different feelings that assaulted me. Then I went to two the next year, I went to my brother's, I was IN my sister's, and all the way to several weekends ago when I went to my friend's sister's wedding. Man, that's a lot of crying! I barely knew some of those people! What was wrong with me?
Are my tears those of joy, knowing that two people found each other and get to spend the rest of their lives with someone who treasures them? Or are they tears of fear, because I know that my marriage turned out awesome, but there is no guarantee that theirs will be as good? Maybe there's a little bit of both. Miracles happen every day. Who's to say this new couple that just said "I do" will still mean it in 10, 20, 50 years down the line. In my personal opinion, any two people who want to make it work can. So many people just don't want to make it work. There's enough heartache in this world as it is without people entering into marriage half blind and half committed.
There are so many reasons to get married. Love, security, shame. Regardless of the reason, if two people are going to actually take their vows seriously and make it work until death, that is an amazing thing to cry about. And if not, that is certainly something to cry about, also.
So normally after I write about something that I'm not sure of my motives, through the course of writing about it, my motives come to the surface and I'm able to figure out the why behind what I think or do. Not so much this time. I'm still not sure why I cry at weddings now, but let's just say I'm romantic and like to believe that this wedding will have a happily-ever-after ending, just like mine.