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Couples beware, study says big fat weddings could lead to divorce

Wedding tips: A new survey reveals spending too much money on weddings could result in divorce. The more expensive the wedding ring, the less likely the marriage will last, it adds.

Updated: Jul 17, 2018 19:46:38

By Samiksha Pattanaik

A new survey reveals spending too much money on weddings could result in divorce. (HT File Photo)

Big fat weddings are increasingly becoming a popular trend among young couples these days. But spending too much on weddings could result in divorce, says a recent study by two American researchers. Andrew Francis-Tan and Hugo M Mialon from the Emory University in Atlanta conducted a survey of over 3,000 married couples in the US and found that “the duration of marriage is inversely associated with spending on the wedding ceremony.”

According to the study, the weddings that cost between $5,000 ( approx Rs 3 lakh) to $10,000 (approx Rs 6.8 lakh) show less chances of ending in divorce than weddings that cost $20,000 (approx Rs 13 lakh).

The findings also reveal that the more expensive the engagement ring, the less likely the marriage will last. “Specifically, in the sample of men, spending between $2,000 and $4,000 (£3,000) on an engagement ring is associated with 1.3 times greater hazard of divorce as compared to spending between $500 (£376) and $2,000,” the paper says, according to The Independent.

Interestingly, the study finds that jetting off on a honeymoon is “significantly associated with a lower hazard of divorce.” Looks like splurging on honeymoon might be a good idea instead of spending a fortune on the wedding!



First Published: Jul 17, 2018 19:44:30

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