Matthew McConaughey made sure his long-time girlfriend Camila Alves, had a very merry Christmas this year. Â After being together for nearly five years, the couple is finally getting married. Â McConaughey proposed to the Brazilian model on Christmas Day and announced the engagement on his WhoSay account. Â â€śJust asked Camila to marry me…#Merry Christmas,â€ť he wrote in a post accompanied by a picture of the 42-year-old actor kissing a smiling Alves, 29, in front of the Christmas tree. Â The couple, who met in 2006, have two children together- Levi, three, and Vida, who turns two in January. Â The actor previously gushed to People â€ś[Alves] is the love of my life. Everything is right.â€ť
What are some reasons to get married after you’ve already started a family together?
Just because you and your partner may have already moved in together and/or have kids before getting married, doesnâ€™t mean that yourÂ significantÂ other is fine sticking with the boyfriend or girlfriend title. Â Here are some reasons to tie the knot even after youâ€™ve already jumped a few steps ahead.
1. Support: Some people may think that your goals or dreams are figments of your imagination, but when you have someone who believes in you and is your biggest cheerleader- thatâ€™s marriage material right there. Â Finding someone who supports you is hard to come by.
2. Create a foundation: Kids tend to model after their parents and when they come from a strong,Â loving and committed family unit, it helps provide them with the best opportunity for success in their own love lives when they get older.
3. Â Enjoying life: Thereâ€™s nothing more enjoyable than marrying your partner or best friend. Â It’s nice to have someone with whom you can grow and share intimate experience with together.
Is marriage important once you start a family with someone? Â Tell us your thoughts below.