Weddings have a habit of spiraling wildly out of control. A sprawling flower wall of gorgeous blooms shipped in especially from Europe? Why not. A cannon shooting out pastel confetti bombs when you say your ‘I do’s’? Everyone is doing it. A champagne fountain that sees expensive booze flowing thick and fast? You might as well.
But for those hoping to keep the costs down and prevent a bridal blowout, new research reveals spending up big on your big day could have some serious repercussions on your relationship.
Economics professors surveyed 3000 people and found there were certain characteristics that saw romances end in divorce.
One of the biggest indicators of divorce?
If the groom-to-be went all out when buying the engagement bling.
‘Specifically, in the sample of men, spending between $2,000 [AU$2,670] and $4,000 [AU$5,350] on an engagement ring is associated with 1.3 times greater hazard of divorce as compared to spending between $500 [AU$670] and $2,000 [AU$2670],” the Metro reports the study claiming.
Another big sign of divorce papers to come was how much was spent at the wedding, say researchers.
Those thrifty enough to get married for just $1,335 were significantly less likely to head down the divorce route, while those who spent over $27,000 were 1.6 more likely to split.
It’s something celebrities have proven time and time again.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie shelled out nearly $3 million at their 2000 nuptials which saw them tie the knot at a Scottish castle, with the singer wowing guests in a $100,000 Stella McCartney wedding gown. The pair were divorced eight years later.
Meanwhile Katie Holmes said ‘I do’ to Tom Cruise at an Italian castle back in 2006, with the couple reportedly dropping over $4 million in the process. Five years later, the pair were done and dusted.
Definitely something to remember when planning your big day…
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