A study by U.S. economists at Emory University found that couples whose weddings costs $19,980.00 or more were 3 and half times more likely to get divorced than those who spent $9,984.00.
According to TheKnot.com, the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. in 2013 was $29,858. Another source, Costofwedding.com, reports that while the average cost hovers between $25,000 to $30,000, most couples in the U.S. spend less than $10,000 (excluding the honeymoon) on their wedding.
The research, published by the Social Science Research Network, also found that men who spent between $1,996.00 and $3,993.00 on an engagement ring were 1.3 times more likely to end up divorced than those who spent less than $1,996.00.
Relationship experts believe these statistics indicate that couples who spend thousands on weddings could be compensating for a less-than-perfect relationship. Also, if the couple must go into debt to pay for the wedding, they are placing extraordinary stress on the marriage right from the start.
Whether the wedding is lavish or simple, nearly all couples could benefit from spending time preparing for the marriage rather than the wedding.