The study states that couples who spend ,000 or more on their wedding are 46 percent more likely to get a divorce.Adversely, couples who spend ,000 or less are 18 percent less likely to divorce.•The extent of differences in tastes and ideas among couples does not predict divorce.Some couples bury their concerns over such differences; others brood over them. •Anxiety, moodiness, and emotional swings in the wife or the husband do not preordain divorce, but they are related to unhappiness in marriage.In other words, the key to a long lasting marriage stems not from a lot of money, but love, mutual trust and support. I’ve been getting into it recently with some readers who have a slightly different take on when people should get engaged. One reader on my Facebook page wrote: “When a man’s in love he wants to propose as soon as he can.” Needless to say, I disagree with that. If you expect your marriage to be otherwise, you’ve got a big surprise waiting for you.Couples that went to religious services and those that went away on a honeymoon had lower chances of divorcing.
By the same token, if one party is really delaying marriage (going beyond 4 years), then it’s not a matter of being cautious, it’s a sign that he/she doesn’t really want to get married.
•Early exiters (what Huston calls “Country Music Romances”) divorced very quickly, within two to seven years of marrying.
They have very long courtships and appeared to marry with the hope that it would “improve” the relationship, though they’re well aware that they have major problems.
•Delayed-action divorces (“Hollywood Romance Group”) had highly romantic courtships, but their affection declined considerably over the first few years of marriage.
They were labeled “delayed-action” divorcers because they stayed married for at least seven years, long after the passion that led them to marry had dissipated.
wedding sites, jewelry stores and TLC shows, all have two things in common: hyping up the materialist aspect of marriage and, of course, love... To see if wedding propaganda played any part in helping marriages last, two Emory University professors conducted a survey called "'A Diamond is Forever' and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration." After surveying a sample of straight married couples this past summer and studying their marital habits, satisfaction and age at each part of their relationship milestones, they found that wedding logistisics (other than love) do matter, but not in the way you'd expect.