Maybe because I'm Canadian some of the reasons people have to get married earlier don't make sense. Do the American States not have Common-Law statutes if you live together for a certain number of years or have a child together?
For instance, FI and I are considered Common-Law because we have a child together which means that we file spousal taxes, claim family benefits and he and our son are covered under my work insurance. He is the beneficiary of my RRSP (equivalent to 401K) and Life Insurance.
This being said, we don't HAVE to get married, we are afforded the same rights and privileges as married people and are taxed thusly. However, we are getting married in our own time, for our own reasons. I just am not understanding why so many people get married quickly then want this big party further down the line. Is Common-Law not a thing in the States?