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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 fairytale wedding, the professors at Emory University decided to do something that no one has done before — check to see if there is a link between wedding expenses and marriage duration.

To come to their conclusion, they looked at the wedding celebrations of more than 3,000 people. The experts found out that people who spent less than $1,000 on their wedding ceremony, had almost a 50% higher chance of staying together, in comparison to those who spent more than $20,000.

The same idea is true for the engagement ring. The threat of divorce increased along with the price of the ring.

People go into debt and it becomes a burden afterward.

According to the experts, debt stress is one possible reason we can blame here. 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.

Those who prefer to celebrate alone divorce more often.

Here is the thing, an expensive wedding isn’t the same as a big wedding. The research confirms that couples whose wedding had more than 200 guests tended to stay together, in comparison to those who celebrated this day alone.

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 — couples who decided to escape for adventures together were 59% more likely to have a successful marriage.

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

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