Couples feeling pressured to spend their life’s savings on a lavish engagement ring and wedding can breath easy as studies are now showing that the more you spend, the more likely you are to need a divorce lawyer in the future.
Via Jezebel reports:
Today points to a recent study out of Emory University. Researchers surveyed 3,000 heterosexuals, looking to test hoary old myths of the wedding industry. (For instance, that dudes should drop a couple months’ salary on a ring.) Short version: nope, total bullisht.
They found that men who dropped between two and four grand on a ring were 1.3 times likelier to divorce than gents who paid $500 to $2,000. Also, it makes bystanders itch to rob you.
They also investigated wedding price tags, and found that women with weddings that cost more than $20,000 divorced 3.5 times as often as women who paid $5,000 to $10,000. Take a bow, backyard BBQ brides: “Relatively low spending on the wedding is positively associated with duration among male and female respondents.”
In the sample of all persons, greater differences in age and education between husband and wife and reporting that one’s partner’s looks were important in the decision to marry are both significantly associated with a higher hazard of divorce. On the other hand, relatively high household income, regularly attending religious services, having a child with one’s partner, relatively high wedding attendance, and going on a honeymoon are all significantly associated with a lower hazard of divorce.
Of course, there’s not necessarily a cause-and-effect relationship, here.