Having a big, lavish wedding may result in some great pictures, but it's not necessarily the key to a happier marriage. New research indicates that couples who spend less on their nuptials have a higher chance at a longer-lasting relationship. That's right — cheaper weddings are linked to longer marriages.
Researchers at Emory University recently revealed that the average wedding today comes with a steep price tag of about $30,000. But though some might see no issue with splurging on their big day, it turns out that shelling out all that money isn't necessarily the best move for your relationship. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is advising young couples to cut costs and opt for minimal weddings, in order to avoid facing financial strain.
According to their research, couples who drain their bank accounts on their wedding ceremony and reception often end up struggling with financial problems — especially if they already have debts, like student loans, pre-wedding. That can put a lot of heightened stress and tension on newlyweds.
Conversely, couples who spend less money on their nuptials were found to have a better shot at enjoying a long and happy marriage. Case in point? Researchers concluded that men who broke the bank on their engagement rings were more likely to get divorced. Meanwhile, brides and grooms who decided to spend $1,000 or less on a wedding actually had a significantly higher chance at a lasting marriage.
Of course, this isn't a hard and fast rule. Relationships obviously vary greatly from couple to couple and can be deterred by all kinds of factors, other than money. But it does make sense to try to start off a marriage with as little financial strain as possible. It's important to remember that as long as you and your partner are happy, your big day is guaranteed to feel special, no matter what the price tag.