“We…solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His Children”—from The Family: A Proclamation to the World
The above statement underscores the great importance Mormons place on marriage and family. The family is the central and most important unit of society, and it begins with marriage.
Traditionally, people think of weddings happening in chapels or in elaborate gardens of some sort, but Mormon weddings usually take place within the walls of temples. While Mormons do not have to be married within a temple, the temple is the only place where a man and woman can be married not just “till death do you part,” but for all eternity.
Mormons believe that the Atonement of Jesus Christ makes possible eternal families. An eternal family begins with a wedding ceremony performed in a temple by one holding the priesthood authority to act in God’s name. This person not only weds a couple for this life, but for all eternity.
In this day in age when the institution of marriage is under attack and when families are constantly being torn apart, Mormons commend those who are willing to commit their lives to one person in marriage and raise a family. Marriage is a tremendous blessing.
This is a picture from the San Antonio, TX temple. This is one of the sealing rooms where Mormon weddings take place. See more pictures of the inside of temples.