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How Having A Big, Inexpensive Wedding Gives You A Happy Marriage

How Having A Big, Inexpensive Wedding Gives You A Happy Marriage

Weddings are big business these days and tend to come with a massive pricetag to boot. It seems that to have your dream wedding you need to break the bank — food, drink, venues, flowers, dresses, suits, and even the invitations will set you back.

If you believe you need a big and expensive wedding to lead a happy and healthy marriage, then think again. Research has found that the less expensive your wedding is, the less likely you are to divorce later on down the line. Not only that, but the bigger the wedding the better.

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big wedding that’s not expensive?! This may seem quite crazy to anyone who has tried to plan a wedding and who has had to limit people from the guest list because, well, that’s just one more expensive mouth to feed! More people means a bigger cake, a bigger bar, a bigger venue, and more money coming out of that wedding fund, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be the case.

Less Money Equals Happier Marriages

The study, conducted by economics professors at Emory University in the U.S., used detailed surveys from over 3000 people who are either married or have been married. Their findings showed a definite correlation between the amount of money spent on the wedding and likelihood of divorce.

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    In particular, the study found couples who spent $20,000 or more on their big day were 1.6 times more likely to split compared to couples whose weddings came to $5000-$10,000 in total. An even better result were those who spent $1000 or less.

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    The authors of the study believe it’s down to the wedding industry encouraging people to spend more and more on their wedding and leading us to believe the perfect wedding with all the trimmings means a perfect marriage. It seems couples tend to demonstrate their commitment with cash and pay a much higher price in the long run.

    Surprisingly, the study also found the longer the guest list, the lesser chance of divorcing later on — so inviting those long-lost cousins or random co-workers maybe not be such a bad idea. Having a greater guest list is thought to create a community effect and evokes a sense of support in your wedding day and marriage.

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      Planning How Much To Spend On a Wedding: How To Have A Big Wedding Without The Expense

      When you’re planning how much to spend on a wedding, the key is not to get carried away with what the wedding advertising is telling you. It’s about thinking outside the box without scrimping on quality. So if you need some ideas on how to cut the costs effectively, here are a few tips.

      • You don’t need expensive invitations. Try making your own as people will cherish them more and they will be unique to you!
      • Don’t hire an expensive band or DJ. Instead, make your own playlist. Everyone will have a great time regardless.
      • Consider your venue carefully and don’t get too attached to it being that lavish castle. Look around for more understated places that you can put your own unique stamp on. A friend’s large, back garden with a marquee will do the trick or just places that aren’t usually rented out for weddings. Ask around and see what you can find.
      • Hire your wedding dress or find a site that deals in secondhand dresses. You can find some really beautiful outfits at a fraction of the price. At the end of the day, you will only be wearing it once!
      • Make your own cake or get a baking friend to make one.
      • More people doesn’t have to mean more money — you just need to be smart. Having it at your own inexpensive venue will mean less money to be spent on overpriced meals and drinks. Find a reasonable catering company that won’t charge over the odds.

      Remember, a cheap wedding does not mean it can’t be beautiful. In fact, it will give you a chance to make it truly unique and as quirky as you like. At the end of the day, it’s about being with friends and family and it’s about the two of you. Handing over vasts amounts of money to the overpriced wedding industry won’t make your wedding or marriage any better. So, make it fun, and when deciding how much to spend on a wedding, remember to concentrate on what’s important!

      Featured photo credit: NGDPhotoworks via pixabay.com

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      Last Updated on September 20, 2018

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