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Say yes to the guests, spend less on the dress

Say yes to the guests, spend less on the dress

by Carolyn Moynihan | February 09, 2018

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I have been to a few weddings over the years and it is fair to say they have become more elaborate. No more church halls for the wedding “breakfast”, let alone the playing field with tents and bring-a-plate affair that a couple of impecunious students of my acquaintance settled for. There was a large crowd at the latter event, which should, according to today’s Marriage Week article by Scott Stanley and Galena Rhoades, have been a good omen for the marriage.

Splurging on the trappings of your wedding and skimping on the guests – as Millennials in the US are tending to do – is getting things back-to-front, the two family scholars suggest. In a study they did a few years ago, those who had more guests at their wedding reported, on average, higher levels of marital quality. A couple of other researchers found something similar: “the types of weddings associated with lower likelihood of divorce are those that are relatively inexpensive but are high in attendance." (I believe my former student friends, by the way, are still together, after several children.) Of course, there are variables, but this seems like good info to pass on if you have the opportunity.

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