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Cheaper wedding, Happier couple

Cutting back costs on your wedding might save you more than just money. A study by two economic profes-

sors at Emory University, Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon, found that couples who spend less on their wedding are more likely to have longer-lasting marriages than those who have a more expensive wedding. More specifically, the study shows that couples who spend $20,000 or more on their wedding have a 1.6 times higher risk of divorce, and those who spend $1,000 or less have a significantly decreased likelihood of divorce. According to a wedding website, The Knot, the average wedding cost was $31,000 in 2014. Although authors of the study did not give an explanation for the results, they proposed that wedding-related debt might cause stress on the couple, resulting in an unhappy marriage. The study also found that couples who have more guests at their wedding, and go on a honeymoon, tend to stay married

longer. Whether you spend a lot or a little, it is important to remember the purpose of the wedding, which is to celebrate the beginning of two lives coming together in marriage. Associated with higher chance of divorce: • Greater differences in age and education between the husband and wife • Couples who say their partner’s looks were important in the decision to marry • Higher wedding expenses Associated with lower chance of divorce: • Relatively high household income • Regularly attending religious services • The couple having a child with each other • High wedding attendance • Going on a honeymoon • Lower wedding expenses


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