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Wedding Expenses and Marriage Stability

When a friend posted a study on Facebook that said expensive wedding rings lead to more divorce, it caught Randal Olson’s eye.

“My girlfriend and I had recently talked about wedding rings,” said Olson. “She said she did not want a big wedding ring. After reading the study, I was thankful we agreed on that topic. I am one semester away from graduating with a doctorate in computer science. My focus is on research so I don’t take things at face value. As I read the study (A Diamond is Forever and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration – Francis and Mialon 2014), I ran across this huge table of many different factors that play a role in long-term marriage.”

Some of the findings made perfect sense to Olson, such as:

Other findings took Olson by surprise.

“I was pretty shocked to see that the number of people who attend your wedding actually has a huge impact on long-term marital stability,” Olson said. “Couples who elope are 12.5 times more likely to end up divorced than couples who get married at a wedding with 200 plus people. The more I thought about this, the more it actually made sense. Having a large group of family and friends who are supportive of your marriage is vitally important to the long-term stability of your marriage.”

Other surprising findings included:

“Some of my friends read these findings, commented that they were in the bad categories and asked me if their marriage was doomed,” Olson said. “The answer to that is no, but according to this research, statistically they are more likely to run into challenges. I believe the biggest takeaway for someone considering marriage like myself, is this isn’t a list of do’s and don’ts. However, this was a very large study and the findings are worthy of consideration to help couples have a more stable marriage.”

“I think planning is the key,” he said. “It takes a lot of work to plan a wedding. Put that same amount of effort into planning for your marriage.”

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