- Since many activities in marriage are joint, such as the raising of children, the purchase of a house and other consumer durables, and the spending of leisure time, dissimilarity in taste would complicate these shared activities.
- People prefer to marry someone who has similar cultural resources because this enables them to develop a common life- style in marriage that produces social confirmation and affection. (Taken from Kalmijn 1998).
- Differences might be seen unique or cute but actually cause big problems in the long run.
- The person you are marrying to might not be a good representative of his/her culture (e.g. the person might be secular while his/her family can still be very conservative)
- Understanding and appreciating a culture is different from internalizing it.
- Extended families might be as important as spouses in some cultures.
Face saving and gender roles might be too hard to overcome.