What is the need for marriage?

I recently came across this

If you want the society to accept your relationship then getting married is the right way. A relationship can get religious and social acceptance when the couple gets married in front of family and friends, and exchange vows affirming their lifelong commitment to each other. 

Sometimes it makes me wonder if the whole process of marriage is flawed. Why is it that most marriages become a burden after a period of time? Perhaps I think that it’s the element of commitment that’s involved. Correct me if I’m wrong but don’t you ever feel that when you’re committed to something it kind of becomes a burden. It’s like when you’re married you’re trapped. I know that shouldn’t be affecting your relationship if it’s true love, but like it or not, it still does. I don’t know how to put it in words, but being in love and being committed is different. When you’re in love all you care about or mostly who you care about is your significant another, whereas when you’re in a relationship, it’s like you are bound to care only for your significant another.

Why do we need to get married, why do we need to exchange wows, why does this procedure have to exist? Why can’t a couple just be in love without any sorts of formalities or major commitments? I personally feel that an unmarried couple would be more committed and happier than a married couple for who love has now become a responsibility.

But before you come to a conclusion read this

One advantage of marriage is that when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again”- Judith Viorst

Despite all the advantages of being married, I still am biased towards the option of being an unmarried couple in love.

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