A new study has found that couples who save money on their wedding are less likely to get divorced.

A new study has found that couples who save money on their wedding are less likely to get divorced.

‘A cheap wedding is the secret to a long marriage’: New study finds couples who have cheap weddings are less likely to get divorced

  • The secret to a long marriage may be to start life with a big but cheap wedding.
  • Couples who spend money on weddings are more likely to divorce
  • One in ten marriages with a wedding worth more than £20,000 falls apart within three years.

The secret to a long marriage may be to start your life together with a big but cheap wedding.

The study found 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 divorce.

The researchers found that ten percent of marriages that started with a wedding worth more than £20,000 ended within three years, twice the overall divorce rate of five percent during that time.

The secret to a long marriage may be to start a life together with a big but inexpensive wedding (image pictured)

The secret to a long marriage may be to start a life together with a big but inexpensive wedding (image pictured)

They also found that 34% of couples who had ten or fewer wedding guests divorced within ten years, again nearly double the sample rate.

The findings were drawn from a survey commissioned by the pro-marriage think tank Marriage Foundation.

Research director Harry Benson said: “The data echoes previous US research suggesting that expensive weddings may be bad for a marriage due to the risk of debt.

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

“Taken together, these findings provide a strong message that marriage should not cost the earth and couples should celebrate their special day with their friends and family where possible.”

The study of 2,000 people also contradicts the Bridebook website’s claim four years ago that the average cost of a wedding had risen to £30,000, not counting the honeymoon.

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

As of 2017, the average cost is £8,957. The number of guests at a first wedding follows the same pattern, rising from an average of 50 in the 1960s to 80 in the 1990s, before dropping back to 50 as of 2017.

Mr. Benson said the latest results were significant as previous research showed that nearly one in three unmarried young people said they were more likely to tie the knot if a regular wedding was cheaper and smaller.

He added: “These figures debunk the myth that wedding spending is out of control and typically in excess of £30,000.”

The study of 2,000 people also contradicts Bridebook's claim four years ago that the average cost of a wedding had risen to £30,000, not counting the honeymoon (file image).

The study of 2,000 people also contradicts Bridebook’s claim four years ago that the average cost of a wedding had risen to £30,000, not counting the honeymoon (file image).

Sarah Davison, a “divorce coach” who helps couples deal with breakups, said: “Some weddings are more about the wedding than anything else.

“So, the wedding day, the big dress, the beautiful country house, all these things can overshadow the real reason for the wedding.

“Then, when the wedding day is over, you sit and look across the table at the person you married and think, ‘Well, the wedding day was fun, but that doesn’t quite fit.’

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