Study says the more expensive the wedding the more likely the marriage won’t last

For some couples, planning their dream wedding can involve spending a lot of cash.

Although the cost of the wedding will vary from couple to couple, in the United States the average cost of tying the knot is around $30,000. So you can imagine how long it’ll take to save up that kind of dough.

But, for those who chose to go a cheaper route when planning their nuptials, we’ve got good news for you: you’ll be more likely to stay together.

That’s right, the more expensive your wedding is, the more likely you and your spouse will eventually head to splitsville.

The study
According to a study conduced by economic professors Andrew Francis-Tan and Hugo M. Mialon reveal that there are certain characteristics that will increase the chance couples will end up divorced.

The professors surveyed 3,000 married people and discovered that the price of the engagement ring and the overall cost of the wedding plays a significant role in a marriage’s duration. In fact, it’s nearly as important to a person as is their partner’s looks.

An engagement ring

«Specifically, in the sample of men, spending between $2,000 and $4,000 on an engagement ring is associated with 1.3 times greater hazard of divorce as compared to spending between $500 and $2,000,» the paper reads.

The research also states that if a ceremony costs less than $1,000, there will be a massive decrease in the probability a couple will end their relationship, while if a wedding cost more than $20,000, the likelihood they’ll separate will be 1.6 times higher.

Luckily, the cost of one’s honeymoon doesn’t play a factor in the length of a couple’s marriage, and is «significantly associated with a lower hazard of divorce.»

But, as previously mentioned, the study also found that a person’s physical attraction to their spouse also plays a huge factor in how long a couple will stay together.

«Reporting that one’s partner’s looks were important in the decision to marry is significantly associated with shorter marriage duration,» Mialon revealed.

The secret to staying together
Although the price of a union has the potential to determine if a couple will stay together, they won’t necessary dictate if your union will actually last.

While celebrities will often share the secrets to keeping their relationship in tact, scientists have spent years researching the secret to a happy marriage.

A study published in Family Therapy back in 2001, which surveyed 15 heterosexual couples who’ve been married for 35 years or more, determined that that along with love, a genuine friendship with their spouse was a key factor in maintaining a healthy relationship.

«Friendship and love, among several other factors, appear to be not only a benefit of the long-term marriage, but a cause,» the study reads. «The responses of the fifteen couples in this study indicate a marriage that is woven together tightly due to similarities that may have existed in the beginning, or perhaps have developed through the years together.»

In a separate study titled, The long-term marriage: perceptions of stability and satisfaction, it was revealed that love, similar backgrounds or interests, and friendship were the primary reasons that the surveyed relationships stayed in tact for so many years.

It was also proven that despite a short adjustment period, having children will more likely strengthen a couple’s bond. Another significant factor that added to a marriage’s longevity is the spouses’ mutual understanding of what their union means to them.

«A long-term and satisfying marriage is not merely a matter of finding someone who can make you happy,» the authors conclude. «It is a matter of two people who have a shared understanding of what their marriage means for them.»

How elaborate was your wedding? Let us know in the comments!


21 rules every marriage should follow

There are plenty of theories on what creates happy relationships, and how to have a happier marriage. You don’t have to look far to find a plethora of

quotes by scientists, authors and many others who have advised us on how to create our very own happily ever after.

We have gathered some of the best bits of advice around to help you live your happiest life together…

“A happy marriage doesn’t mean you have a perfect spouse or a perfect marriage. It simply means you’ve chosen to look beyond the imperfections in both.” ~ Fawn Weaver

It is easy to overlook the little annoyances of our partner when we’re focused on the good qualities that attracted us in the first place. Stay focused on the good.

“Marriage doesn’t make you happy–you make your marriage happy.” ~ Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

Do something daily that makes you happy and your relationships will benefit. You can’t be happy in a relationship, if you aren’t happy with yourself.

“A successful marriage isn’t the union of two perfect people. It’s that of two imperfect people who have learned the value of forgiveness and grace.” ~ Darlene Schacht

Forgiving is such an important ingredient in relationships. Holding on to things that make you angry keeps you in a negative space and prevent you from being your best self.

“Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.” ~ Barnett R. Brickner

Trying to change your partner will only backfire so focus on your contribution. Tackle only what you can control.

“Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. Its the way you love your partner every day.” ~ Barbara De Angelis

Stop looking at marriage as a thing and start thinking of it as part of you. Take care of it, nurture it and let it grow.

“The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they’re still alive.” ~ Orlando Battista

Be open with your expressions of love.

“Marriage is like a fine wine, if tended properly, it just gets better with age.” ~ Unknown

Appreciating and enjoying the good in your relationship attracts more good and your relationship becomes stronger and better.

“One of the greatest gifts you can give your husband is your own wholeness.” ~ Stormie Omartian

You can’t take care of your relationships if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Make it a priority.

“Marriage. It’s like a cultural hand-rail. It links folks to the past and guides them to the future.” ~ Diane Frolov

Find the lessons from the past and use them to help you shape your future.

“A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.” ~ Pearl Buck

Learn to love learning. Learning is the key to growth and evolution. And growth is the key to strong relationships.

“Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.” ~ Max Lucado

Stay focused on what really matters and don’t let life’s distractions keep you from living in the moment.

“In marriage, when we honor and celebrate each other, we’re freed up to be the best people we can be.” ~ Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

Make every day a celebration of the good in your relationship and in each other.

“A good marriage is a contest of generosity.” ~ Diane Sawyer

Do something special every day. A little note, a surprise cup of coffee or simple phone call just to say hi, will go a long way to showing your partner how much you value them.

“Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking.” ~ Chinese Proverb

Make sure your actions show your love. Often times what you do and how you do it says more than expressing your love with words.

“The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes.” ~ Amy Grant

Nothing takes the place of spending time on the relationships that matter most.

“Make a list of ten of your spouse’s faults, which, for the sake of your marriage, you will always overlook. You can live with those ten.” ~ J & G Murphy

There are bound to be things that annoy you about your partner. Make a commitment to accept them and let them go.

“It’s the little things that keep us together. Those little things will make me love you forever.” ~ Sonia Schaad

It’s isn’t the grand gestures that say love, it is all the little things we do every day.

“Lean on each other’s strengths. Forgive each other’s weaknesses.” ~ Unknown

It is easy to be in a relationship when things are going well but it’s the tough times that strengthens the bond. Remember to be there, be supportive and ask for help when you need it.

“A relationship is like a house. When a light bulb burns out you don’t go and buy a new house, you change the lightbulb.” ~ Unknown

Making sure your relationship gets a regular care. It becomes more costly if you wait too long.

“If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wanders.” ~ Unknown

Fostering your creative, thinking mind will keep you happy and thriving in your relationships.

“Marriage succeeds only as lifetime commitment with no escape clauses.” ~ Dr. James Dobson

It’s simple really, you have to be in willing to go through the valleys as much as you are willing to go through the peaks. Put yourself all in and stay in it for the long haul.

These 21 rules for a happy marriage are a good reminder for all relationships, not just for marriages. What rule resonates with you most?


The 15 biggest differences between British and American weddings

With the fast-approaching nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle— maybe you’ve heard of them? — it is quite likely that the topic of weddings is at the forefront of your mind.

But, if you are an American, one thing you may not realize is that the wedding you’re envisioning for Harry and Meghan isn’t exactly the one that’s going to happen.

This isn’t only because their wedding will be fit for royalty. As it turns out, there are a bunch of interesting, and fundamental differences between weddings in America versus those across the pond.

So, while you wait for your invite to the wedding of the year check out these surprising differences between British and American weddings.

British wedding toasts are more like roasts

At an American wedding, you can generally expect the toasts and speeches to rely heavily on sap and sentimentality. But at British weddings, the toasts might seem, well, rather rude.

According to Vogue, the goal of wedding speeches in the UK is to fully mortify its recipient. So, if you’re giving a toast in the US, you can prepare your standard touchy-feely fare. If you’re giving one in England, just pretend like you’re getting ready for a roast.

If you’re a woman, you probably won’t give a toast

According to Cosmopolitan, British weddings traditionally only have three sets of speeches —one from the groom, one from the father of the bride, and one from the best man.

British wedding guests wear hats

One thing you can definitely be prepared to see at the upcoming royal wedding is some fancy headwear. According to PureWow, it is royal protocol for all royal women to wear hats on official occasions. (So, yes — Kate Middleton is going to be wearing one at the upcoming royal wedding.)

And if you were wondering, this isn’t just a royal thing — according to Vogue, almost every wedding outfit in the UK tends to be topped off (literally) with a fancy hat or fascinator.

British weddings are slightly less formal

Other than the hats, however, British weddings tend to have more casual dress codes than American weddings. So although an American wedding may encourage a black tie dress code, people will come to a wedding in the UK in slightly more relaxed attire.

British bridesmaids often wear white

Another big sartorial disparity between UK and American comes in the form of its color palette. In the US, it’s a big faux pas to show up to a wedding wearing white if you aren’t the bride, but for Brits, it’s customary for bridesmaids to wear all white.

Guests can be «ranked» at British weddings

According to BBC America, in the UK, it is perfectly acceptable to use a tier system for your guests.

To put it in American terms, you can think of it like a «first string» and a «second string» of guests — the first string will come to both the dinner and the reception, while the second string will only attend the reception. This is a good way to mitigate the cost of the wedding, and, frankly, an excellent way to minimize time spent with some more obligatory wedding invites.

British weddings are more likely to have a cash bar

Should you manage to swing an invite to Harry and Meghan’s wedding this spring, make sure to stick some pocket change in your clutch. According to BBC America, it’s more acceptable to have a cash bar in the UK than it is in the US (Though, if you’re invited to the more selective dinner portion of the wedding, you’ll most likely be served some wine free of charge.)

This helps make the cost of a wedding a little less terrifying, and (probably) also makes it so that guests at the wedding don’t get quite as sloshed.

Brits often pay for their bridesmaids’ dresses

There are few personal injuries greater than that of having to shell out a few hundred dollars for a bridesmaid dress you wouldn’t be caught dead in any context other than a wedding.


After nearly 21 years of marriage, Candace Cameron Bure displays truth about husband to fans

In 1995, Candace Cameron met NHL hockey star Valeri Bure at a charity hockey game. Two years later, they were married. As they look ahead to their 21st anniversary, Candace recently reflected on social media about how their deep faith is what has seen them through the roller coaster ride known as life.

The Fuller House actress shared how much in love with her hubby she is. She reassured fans that while it “hasn’t been all roses,” they survived and have thrived thanks to God’s grace.

“There have been several tough years, in a row, ups and downs, bad attitudes and bad decisions, but we’ve persevered. We rode them out. We loved each other through them. We kept the focus; God’s glory. We are both better for it. I’m so grateful and thankful for the man I married. Neither of us are perfect, far from it, and will continue to make mistakes because we are human. But God’s Word and His grace see us through – striving to be the best of ourselves in Him. To God be the glory.”

Not long after the couple married, they started their family. They now have three teenagers under their roof, Natasha, Lev and Maksim.

Once again, their faith in God has helped them survive parenting and raising three kids close in age. They’ve also kept their marriage strong, which serves as another example of their steadfast love.

Recently, Candace, 41, gave Valeri a shout out in honor of his birthday. He turned 43 and she posted a fun photo of the two of them wearing shirts that highlight their faith. Candace’s message reveals the truth of how she feels about her husband.

“You’re like fine wine baby, so tasty and better with age.”

What’s even more adorable about these two is that Candace’s TV uncle, Dave Coulier, introduced the two at the charity hockey game. Valeri confessed that he learned English by watching Full House episodes. How cute is that?

Happy birthday to Valeri and congratulations on your upcoming wedding anniversary. May God continue to bless you and your marriage.