Calling All Brides: Science Reveals The Ideal Amount to Spend on Your Wedding

Alina Gonzalez
by Alina Gonzalez

With our society's focus on the bigger the better and keeping up with the Joneses, it's easy to feel pressured to spend well beyond your means on your wedding, or, even if it's within your means, to just spend a whole lot of dough on the big day. But science now says spending more actually increases your likelihood of divorce. 

A new study released by Emory University this fall concluded that people who spend more than $20,000 on their wedding are 3.5 times more likely to get divorced than those who spend between $5,000 and $10,000. 

The study evaluated the association between wedding spending and marriage duration using data from over 3,000 "ever-married" people in the United States, and found that marriage duration is "inversely associated" with spending on the wedding ceremony, with the $5,000 to $10,000 range being the sweet spot for endurance. 

The statistic is certainly great news for anyone who just got engaged and is planning a wedding, as it's essentially a sanction to spend less on your nuptials directly backed by science. The other good news? You can definitely have a stylish wedding that won't break the bank or have a foreboding forecast on your marriage—just look at all of the inspiring weddings on Pinterest, put together on a shoestring budget, as well as the rise in popularity of City Hall weddings, for proof that you can pull off a chic event with less cash and a creative, DIY mindset. 

What do you make of this statistic? Are you in the midst of planning a wedding? (It is engagement season, after all!) How do you feel about thrifty weddings? What kind of wedding-related content do you want us to cover in 2015? Share your thoughts below! 

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