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Couples Who Spend Less on Their Weddings Are More Likely to Stay Together, Study Says

Thinking about a wedding as something that happens only once in a lifetime — is a spell that can obliterate the limits of any budget. Is the very same dress or ring that you dreamed about out of your budget? No problem, it’s a worthy sacrifice for something that is going to last forever. But before you dive into the world of credit and debt, check to see what the experts have to say here.

We at Bright Side found out that a small wedding can be the key to a lasting marriage and want to tell you more about it.

An expensive wedding doesn’t add to a lasting marriage.

While the whole wedding industry tries to convince us to spend as much as possible on a fairy-tale wedding, the professors at Emory University and the National University of Singapore decided to see if there is a link between wedding expenses and marriage duration.

People go into debt and it becomes a burden afterward.

Previous studies have shown that a monetary burden is the leading issue couples argue about. And it’s the second reason (right after cheating) that leads to divorce.

So, the magic is pretty simple — a small wedding leads to no (or almost no) debt, and there are less serious issues to fight about and less serious reasons that’ll make you split up.

But this finding is not the only one that was discovered over the course of the study. The professors also found that there are several things that can help you stay together.

A honeymoon can make your union last.

And if you don’t want to have very many people around, you can just invest in a honeymoon. A lovely vacation seems to add to a long-lasting union — 63% of the respondents of a study considered that couples who decided to escape for adventures together were more likely to stay together in the long run.

How much did you spend on your wedding? Was your wedding big or small? Did you have a honeymoon?

Please note: This article was updated in March 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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