Planning a wedding is a daunting, and, occasionally, costly endeavour, as going to a wedding hotel in Bangkok can prove. The good news from the study, however, that spending less on the wedding and more on the honeymoon means that the marriage was more likely to last.
This is counter to the campaigns of bridal magazines and diamond companies, who espouse to people the idea that weddings need to be fairytale-esque affairs, with the researchers concluding that the opposite is better for the longevity of marriages.
The study, led by Economics Professor Andrew Francis-Tan from the National University of Singapore – Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and Hugo M. Mialon, Emory University – Department of Economics, surveyed 3,000 married people, finding certain characteristics throughout the marriages that increased the likelihood of a divorce.
According to the study, the amount of time that couples spent on the engagement ring and the ceremony is inversely proportional to the time the marriage lasts, as is the prioritization of looks. When it came to engagement rings, the more money spent on the ring, the higher the chances of divorce increased, especially once the ring’s cost made it past $2,000/£1,500.
The paper specifies that, for the sample of men, spending between $2,000 and $4,000 (£3,000) on the engagement ring is associated with a 130% greater risk of a divorce, when compared to spending between $500 (£376) and $2,000.
The professors also noted that one other factor impacted divorce risk by a considerable margin; how important the looks of the spouse was when deciding to get married. Professor Mialon says that reporting that the looks of a partner were key to the decision to marry had significant association with shorter lasting marriages.
However, people who are looking to go to a wedding hotel in Bangkok, not all spending when it comes to marriage is bad. The study noted that, despite the negative impact of spending on rings and weddings to the duration of a marriage, the honeymoon had the opposite effect. Better honeymoons were significantly associated with a lower risk of getting divorced, suggesting that, instead of splurging on the wedding, spending money on the relaxing post-wedding honeymoon was better.