Amal and George got the ‘biggest’ part right: Image Via Getty.
“Don’t worry so much about the wedding. This is about the rest of your lives together.”
It’s the ultimate balm to sooth the nerves of anxious brides. But a recent study, which surveyed thousands of married couples across the US has found that certain aspects of the wedding actually play a big part in the life expectancy of a marriage.
One of the biggest factors in determining who stays together and who splits? How much you spend. And it’s not looking good for those in the “big flashy wedding” camp. Data visualiser Randal S. Olsen has helpfully made these graphs that explain the results of the study.
He’s highlighted 7 major factors in predicting whether a marriage will last. The first is the length of time spent dating prior to engagement. Here, slow-and-steady wins the ‘to death do us part’. Couples who dated three years before getting engaged were 39% less likely to get divorced.
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It turns out "for richer or poorer" doesn't exactly hold true though. The better off you are, the more likely you are to stay together. Couples who earn over $125,000 a year are 51% less likely to get divorced.