In the past year, after finding that the average couple spends $30,000 on their wedding and 12.5% spend $40,000 (this does not include the honeymoon) Emory University professors Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon surveyed 3,000 people of varying income levels and married only once to see the effects of expensive weddings. According to a report on Ozy.com Their findings may need to change the way many approach their wedding day.
Wedding Costs and Marriage
- Couples spending $20,000 or more increase their odds of 3.5% over couples spending $5,000 – 10,000.
- Those that spend approximately $1,000 have the greatest odds for a longer marriage.
- For the prospective grooms; spending $500 – 1,999 on an engagement rings decreases divorce rates by 1.3% over those spending $2,000 – $4,000.
A conclusion is that the more you spend on your wedding day you are increasing your chance for divorce.
There are a couple of possible factors:
- Couples who spend a lot on the wedding start the marriage with increased debt. Debt is a factor in many divorces.
- Couples focus too much on the day and not the marriage.
Do not misunderstand, I like weddings. Setting aside a day to celebrate the beginning of a marriage is a great idea. In 1st Century Palestine Jews had week-long festivals when a couple married. Jesus attending such an event in Cana (cf. John 2). Jesus used some of 1st Century wedding traditions to illustrate our need to be ready for His coming (Matt 25:1-13) and to answer a question about fasting (Mark 2:18-20). But we must not let the day become more important that the marriage that follows.
Spend as more time preparing for your marriage than you do on your wedding.
Remember that the wedding is just the beginning of a marriage.
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