Expensive Weddings Lead to Higher Risk of Divorce: StudyBy Daniel Taylor, Esq. on
A new study examining the link between the amount of money spent on a wedding and the duration of marriage has come to a somewhat surprising conclusion: Couples who spend less on their wedding tend to stay married longer than those who opt for expensive weddings.In the study, researchers at Emory University looked at over 3,100 married couples, reports the Chicago Tribune. In addition to the amount of money spent on a wedding, the study found several other correlations between wedding ceremonies and duration of marriage that seem to go against conventional wisdom.What does your wedding say about the odds of your marriage ending in divorce?
Cheaper Weddings Lead to Longer Marriages
The study, titled "'A Diamond is Forever' and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration" found that spending on the wedding ceremony was inversely associated with marriage duration, with couples who spent less than $1,000 on their wedding ceremony being least likely to get divorced.The same was true for spending on an engagement ring: Couples who spent between $2,000 and $4,000 were 1.3 times more likely to get divorced than those who spent between $500 and $1,000.According to the Tribune, the study's authors concluded that there is "little evidence to support the validity of the wedding industry's general message that connects expensive weddings with positive marital outcomes