I am married and I must say I don't think it's for everyone. I think if you're happy living together then that's fine. I've seen couples that have been together for years, get married and then get divorced not long later. Whether it's a case that the marriage was a last ditch at trying to stay together may be the reason, I don't know.
I did always want to get married when I found the right person, but honestly it wasn't that much different to being just BF/GF. I think it's more that you want to let everyone know that you're totally committed and in love with the person you are marrying. However there are other ways you can do this too, for instance some people are happy to remain "permanently Engaged" etc.
Both my husband and I are lucky, our parents are happily married and have strong relationships. I think if you have come from an upbringing with separated parents that it would make you skeptical of marriage.
But I think you just have to do what works for you. For me it was a case of marrying my best friend and knowing that he loves me as much as I love him.
Devil Girl, you could always refer to your boyfriend as your partner, if you don't like the term boyfriend
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