I don't have a problem with the institution of marriage at all.
What I DO question is the wisdom of spending 25K on a big "party" when you could use that cash for a down payment for a home... or to take a joint trip around the world.
Some people get a little insane trying to plan out the "perfect day".... my buddy's ex-fiance wanted to spend 7K on a wedding photographer!
Before this thread turned into a pissing match there were some pretty good points made.... the best of which was the suggestion that everyone should just try to be patient enough to make SURE that they find a person who's right for them.... rather than simply finding someone so that they're "not alone".
Too many people bow to societal pressure and get themselves into situations that aren't really right for them.... IMO anyway.