"I don't know," she says, quietly running her nail along the base of her glass. "I've been to a lot of big gatherings lately, but not for good reasons."
Suddenly, I remember that she's lost friends recently. Two friends were lost in an avalanche while skiing, and another to cancer. She's lost family members to old age. She's been to a lot of funerals, lately.
"There are so few occasions that everyone--all of your friends and all of your family--get together for. You know, like, travel all the way across the country for." She uses a finger to brush crumbs off the table. "I think we should embrace the opportunity to get everyone together as often as we can. To see all of the people you don't normally see. Just for the joy of it."
So, why weddings?
For the family. For the friends. For the love.
Just for the joy of it.