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‘A cheap wedding is the secret to a long-lasting marriage’: Couples who keep cheap weddings are very unlikely to end up in divorce, a new study finds

  • The secret to a lasting marriage may be to start life off with a big but cheap wedding
  • Couples who splurge on weddings are more likely to get divorced
  • 1 in 10 marriages with a £20,000 wedding broke up within 3 years










The secret to a lasting marriage might be to start their life together with a big but cheap wedding.

A study has shown that couples who spend tens of thousands of pounds on their big day or invite only a handful of friends and family are more likely to get divorced.

Researchers found that 10% of marriages that began with a wedding that cost more than £20,000 broke up within three years – double the overall divorce rate of 5% during that time.

The secret to a lasting marriage could be to start their life together with a big but inexpensive wedding (Stock Photo)

The secret to a lasting marriage could be to start their life together with a big but inexpensive wedding (Stock Photo)

They also found that 34% of couples with 10 or fewer guests at their wedding divorced within a decade – again almost double the total proportion of the sample.

This finding comes in a survey commissioned by the Marriage Foundation’s pro-marital counseling group.

Its director of research, Harry Benson, said: ‘The data echoes previous US research showing that expensive weddings can harm marriages because of the risk of debt.

But more guests are good for marriage because they affirm the choice to commit to one person and exclude all other options.

‘Taken together, these findings send a clear message that marriage doesn’t have to cost the earth and that couples should celebrate their special day with their friends and family where possible. . ”

The study of 2,000 people also contradicts Bridebook’s claim four years ago that the average cost of a wedding is up to £30,000, excluding the honeymoon.

The Marriage Foundation survey, conducted by Savanta ComRes, found the average cost of a wedding rose from £3,729 in the 1960s to a peak of £9,832 in 2010.

Since 2017, the average cost is £8,957. The number of guests at the first wedding followed a similar pattern, rising from an average of 50 in the 1960s and peaking at 80 in the 1990s before falling to 50 since 2017.

Mr Benson said the latest results were significant because previous research had found that almost a third of unmarried young adults said they would be more likely to tie the knot if a conventional wedding was cheaper. and smaller.

He added: ‘These figures bust the myth that wedding costs are out of control and often exceed £30,000.’

The study of 2,000 people also contradicts Bridebook's claim four years ago that the average cost of a wedding has risen to £30,000, excluding the honeymoon (stock image)

The study of 2,000 people also contradicts Bridebook’s claim four years ago that the average cost of a wedding has risen to £30,000, excluding the honeymoon (stock image)

Sara Davison, a ‘divorce coach’ who helps couples deal with relationship breakdowns, says: ‘With some weddings, the wedding ceremony is more than anything. is different.

‘So the wedding day, the big dress, the beautiful country manor, all of that can overshadow the real reason for getting married.

‘Then when the wedding day is over, you’re sitting there looking across the table at the person you’re married to and you’re thinking, “Wow, the wedding day was fun but this doesn’t really fit.”

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