France dating and marriage customs
They make sure to fulfill themselves first, and then find a partner to come along for their journey, not a new life that requires them to give up a life of their own.Not only do the French maintain their independence when they’re in relationships, but they also always make sure their partner knows they are extremely confident in themselves (even when they’re not).But even if our hearts are sold on the fairytale, deep down we know better.We know marriage takes hard work and patience and 42% of them end in divorce.They don’t go to the bathroom with the door open and they don’t feel the need to tell their partner everything (of course, this is different than keeping secrets, which is never okay, even in the French person’s modern relationship).They don’t have to do everything together, and prefer to have at least some separate interests, friends, and routines. They would never even imagine finding fulfillment in a man or a relationship.
I, myself, am a believer in seeking a partner that doubles as a best friend.
They would never stop putting in the hard work to keep romance alive, married or not, and they don’t get married for the sake of a fairytale ending.
We may expect the country that contains the City of Love to be the most idealistic and romantic, but when it comes to relationships, they’re actually very realistic.
In general, less people are getting married in France.
For Americans, a wedding is seen as the natural next step in a relationship where you commit to be together for your life and therefore want to be religiously and legally bound.