Well, Maybe There Is a Right Age to Get Married…

And that age is at least 21 years old. At least according to hotels. A young married couple in California was recently turned away from their hotel on their wedding night because they were only 18 and not old enough to rent a hotel room. The bride told a local TV station:

“He was in his dress blues and he’s going to put his life on the line for these people and they won’t even offer us a room.”

I’m not sure what “dress blues” are, but I’m really hoping they are a a formal version of being down in the dumps. [Editor's note: Jillian, if you had seen that one episode of "Say Yes to the Dress" with the military bride you would know that dress blues are formalwear for people in the military.] Jackie O. has probably had a case of the dress blues once or twice. But other than being in dress blues, the bride is right to be upset. Her husband is in the military and is being denied a hotel room on his wedding night. Something’s not right about that. Although the hotel has since apologized, I wonder if they’ve changed their 21-and-over policy.

Last week we asked you if you think there’s a right age to get married. Most of you said no, there’s no “right” or “wrong” age. But maybe society has unintentionally put a social stigma on young people getting married because of drinking age laws and other rules and policies dealing with age. Luckily, for the young couple, they were able to get a hotel (with a military discount too) at a Double Tree nearby. Unluckily, this is probably the first of many age-policy encounters this couple will face in the first few years of their marriage. Do you think the hotel should have handled the situation differently?

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    • SHill

      I agree. This will not be the last time they have to deal with a series of obstacles that are related to being a young married military couple. It is sad to sometimes realize how little support there really is for military families.

      Dress blues- Winter dress uniform (which happens to be dark, almost black, blue) of a US Navy seaman :) Looks like the uniform the classic Cracker Jacks boy wears.

    • L

      I don’t think anyone should be married before 40. Go do fun things before you decide that the house you go back to will have sixteen annoying children and a person who blames everything on you and appears to get fatter everyday. I don’t care how “in lo-o-o-o-ove” they are, they shouldn’t have gotten married in the first place, especially if there’s a chance he could die only months into it.
      And they can wait for him to get back to bang, it’s 2010, tradition doesn’t have to decide everything for you. /endmeanoldcurmudgeonmode