George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s recent lavish nuptials reportedly set the couple back a whopping $1.6 million. But in the interest of love and longevity, engaged couples may want to look to a much more modest wedding for inspiration. A new study suggests that the less expensive the wedding and engagement ring the greater the chance of the couple staying together in the long run.
Over the last several decades the cost of weddings have skyrocketed, with the average modern wedding costing close to $30,000 (chump change for Mr. Clooney and Ms. Alamuddin maybe, but a big expense for most of us). But if spending this much on your wedding is out of the question, you will be happy to hear that a lavish affair does not equal a happy marriage.
The Chicago Tribune reports about an Emory University study that suggests spending more on engagement rings and wedding celebrations can increase the risk of divorce. Researchers found that those who spend between $2000 and $4000 on an engagement ring are 1.3 times more likely to divorce compared to those who spend $500 to $2000.
Researchers also found that spending $20,000 or more on a wedding means you are 1.6 times more likely to divorce than those who spend between $5,000 and $10,000 on their nuptials. Don’t have $5,000 to spend? Well good for you, because researchers found that those who only spent $1000 on their wedding were even less likely to split.
The study also suggests that an inexpensive wedding that has a high attendance rate gives couples the greatest chance of success. Researchers write, “The evidence suggests that the types of weddings associated with lower likelihood of divorce are those that are relatively inexpensive but are high in attendance. A well-attended ceremony might be a proxy for a large family that pressures and/or supports the couple and helps them stay together.” The question of how you throw a big wedding and only shell out a couple thousand is still a mystery.
What do you think of the recent study that suggests inexpensive weddings lead to lower divorce rates?
Which type of wedding do you prefer?