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Report claims extravagant weddings increase divorce odds

It seems like an extravagant wedding would lower a couple's divorce odds. They must be confident that the marriage will last to spend that much on the ceremony, right?

However, a recent study claims that the opposite is actually true. Those who spend a lot on fancy, flashing weddings actually have a higher likelihood of splitting up than those who do not.

Specifically, the study looked at people who spent in excess of $30,000 on their weddings, saying that their goals focused more on the guests. They wanted to impress people. They were less worried about the marriage itself and more about how it looked from the outside, which could be why they were more likely to eventually get divorced than couples who kept their wedding budget under $10,000.

This recent study backs up the findings of another study that was done back in 2014. It also found a correlation between the cost of the wedding and the odds of divorce.

If $30,000 really is the cutoff that signifies a higher chance of divorce, it is worth noting that the average cost in the United States is $26,000 for a wedding. That's the statistic for 2017, though it could rise in 2018.

The largest cost, at an average of $4,700, is food. Wedding locations average $3,600, photography averages $2,800 and engagement rings average $3,400. Invitations add an average of $800 to the total cost, while flowers cost double that, at $1,600.

Are you going to get divorced? Whether your wedding cost more than $30,000 or under $10,000, it is very important for you to know all of the legal options that you have.

Source: KRON 4, "Flashy weddings increase divorce risk, study says," Lila Gross, May 10, 2018

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