It tends to be very expensive for the ordinary people to avoid as it requires many items such as cake, decoration, bridal cars etc.
It is risky incase one is got in adultery in these days of AIDS yet they vowed to stay together in times of joy and sorrow until death set them apart.
It leads to poverty. In order to make it very attractive before friends and relatives, one borrows a lot of money and some sell off their property.
It is rigid especially in case one of the partners is not a Christian and he/she has to be converted in order to be married in church.
It is against cultures and norms of some societies. It rejects polygamy yet polygamy solves a number of problems such as barrenness.
Some parents refuse their children to be married in church until the bride wealth has been fully paid. This makes church marriage to delay.
It is time consuming since it involves many activities for the occasion to be colourful.
Sometimes love is lacking. Some people enter church marriage for the sake of honouring parents and pleasing friends. This leads to divorce.
It undermines other forms of marriage. Church leaders consider them as evil and they consider that married customary as fornicators.
It makes the couple to make unnecessary commitments before the partners are aware of their future stability e.g. for good for worse, in sickness and good health.
There is the exploitation of a wife by the husband. Since she is wedded in church, the husband takes her as his property and overworks her.