Cupid's Pulse Article: Kate Hudson Looks for Love, Not MarriageCupid's Pulse Article: Kate Hudson Looks for Love, Not Marriage

Kate Hudson isn’t planning another trip down the aisle anytime soon.  As the blonde bombshell recently told People, she is looking for love, but not necessarily marriage.  Having split from rocker Chris Robinson in 2007,  Hudson now has a new rock star in her life in the form of Muse member Matthew Bellamy.  Even after her divorce, she refuses to be reluctant to fall in love again.  “I’ll just see what happens. I think a lot of times people are terrified of love and stop themselves from experiencing it.  I don’t ever want to get that jaded,” said Hudson.

Do love and marriage go hand-in-hand?

Cupid’s Advice:

A white wedding is often idealized in society as the way a couple is expected to express their love for one another.  The fact is, marriage doesn’t necessarily equal love, and love doesn’t necessarily equal marriage.

1. Times have changed: Today, many couples are seeking alternatives to marriage.  Those who want a modern take on an old tradition are sharing commitment ceremonies, spiritual unions or are simply cohabitating.

2. Outside factors: When it comes to the legal and financial aspects of marriage, walking down the aisle isn’t the best choice for everyone.  Opera Winfrey’s 20-year relationship with Stedman Graham is a good example.  Though the two are deeply in love, marriage is not for them due to their need to protect their wealth and business assets.

3. It’s about the couple: Weddings can be beautiful and if that is what you dream of as a couple, go for it.  However, the planning and execution of a wedding can end up being so focused on the guest list and the caterer that people forget about the couple and the love they have for one another.