You ask 4 different couples to define marriage
And you usually get 9 different answers. Marriage is almost impossible to define because it means different things to different people. Everyone has their own idea concerning what marriage means and how it applies to their lives.
Marriage is a love story
The one consistent theme that most people say about marriage is that it is a love story. Two people meet, they talk, spend time together and eventually fall in love. Or they simply meet and fall in love at first sight. No matter how it is done, marriage is about love.
Love is the key
If you ask those different couples about love you may also get 9 different answers as well. Love is defined differently by different people. But one thing is for sure, people usually do not get married unless they love the other person in some way.
Love is the binding ingredient to any successful marriage. That is what makes marriage so special. It is the love for each other that elevates marriage to its special status in life.
Without love you cannot have a real marriage. Marriage is love for one special person.