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Have a Flashy Engagement Ring? Spending A Lot on Your Wedding? Recent Studies Say You May Be Headed For Divorce...

Updated on October 30, 2018
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Deborah McCoy is president of the American Academy of Wedding Professionals and is the author of bridal-reference books.

Like BIG? When it comes to marriage longevity, a big, flashy diamond might not be the best choice...
Like BIG? When it comes to marriage longevity, a big, flashy diamond might not be the best choice... | Source

A Long Marriage Does Not Start With a Flashy Diamond--Statistically Speaking!

Weddings have come a long way, financially, throughout the years. It wasn't that long ago when a noted bridal publication stated that all a successful wedding needed was champagne to toast the future, a wedding cake (it was tradition), and some family and friends to wish you well!

Now lavish weddings are in vogue for everyone. Big, flashy diamonds abound and the average cost of a wedding is well over $30,000--a lot to spend on a four- or five-hour party!

Sounds wonderful! But the emotional wear-and-tear and the debt incurred has taken its toll. Statistics now prove, for example, that spending $2K - $4K on an engagement ring ups your chances of divorce 1.3 times... compared to spending between $500 and $2K.*

Spending a lot on a wedding ups the chances of divorce. Be aware!
Spending a lot on a wedding ups the chances of divorce. Be aware! | Source

An Expensive Wedding & a Flashy, Expensive Diamond Up Your Chances for Divorce... But What About Those Who Spent Less, A Lot Less?

A study by researchers at Emory University also found that those who spent lavishly on their weddings ($20,000 or more) raised their chances of divorce 1.6 times, compared to those who spent between $5,000 and $10,000.*

But the researchers also determined that couples who spent $1,000 or under and had large attendance at their weddings were much less likely to divorce.*

They attributed this fact to friend/family support, which they anticipated would help couples to stay together throughout their lives.

**So there's another factor that plays a major role in marriage longevity--Support!


Go on a honeymoon & don't worry about spending. it won't effect the longevity of your marriage!
Go on a honeymoon & don't worry about spending. it won't effect the longevity of your marriage! | Source

Sure You Want to Be a Little Lavish When It Comes To Your Wedding! So If You Want To Break the Bank and Stay Together, Here's What To Do!

Guess what? Taking a honeymoon, no matter the cost, inexpensive or expensive, lessens the chances of divorce by 41%!*

So if you want to be a little extravagant and just have a great time, you can do it on your honeymoon without fear of "divorce" repercussions!

Moral of the Story: Always take a honeymoon!

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