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Family Law in Canberra – Number of guests, but not wedding cost, correlated with marriage success

By October 22, 2014No Comments

Researchers in America have analysed data from 3000 subjects and found no positive correlation between having a lavish, expensive wedding and a successful marriage. Rather, they found the opposite:

After analyzing their data, the authors found that women whose weddings had cost more than $20,000 (in 2014 dollars) ended up getting divorced 60% more often than those whose weddings were cheaper. And men who spent between $2,000 and $4,000 on their engagement ring got divorced 30% more often than those who spent between $500 and $2,000.

While correlation is not causation, the researchers say there may be an element of causation in that the expenses involved in a big wedding can be a stressor for couples, and money troubles are often a major contributing factor to marriage problems. There is also the fact that unrealistic expectations about marriage can be related to the desire for a “fairytale” wedding. And the sheer practicalities of having a very large wedding can make it hard for people who may have second thoughts to call a halt to proceedings.

Interestingly, and in line with other recent research on wedding size (see post below), although wedding cost is not a predictor of marriage success, it is believed that number of guests is. The researchers conclude that their evidence “suggests that the types of weddings associated with the lower likelihood of divorce are those that are relatively inexpensive but high in attendance”.

If you are thinking about getting married, and would like to discuss pre-nups or financial agreements before marriage, please contact Cristina Huesch here at Alliance Family Law. We take instructions on such agreements throughout Australia.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/articles/mega-weddings-why-you-should-say-i-dont-1412349202

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