Big Engagement Ring = Big Divorce?

A new study took a look at the engagement rings and what they mean for divorce. The results? Well, it looks like a bigger rock might not prove to the answer to a long and fruitful marriage.

Bigger the Ring = Divorce

The study, conducted by the department of economics at Emory University surveyed 3,000 to find a correlation between the costs associated with a wedding and the length of the marriage following that wedding. According to the research, men who spent between $2,000 and $4,000 on the purchase of an engagement ring were found to be 1.3 more time likely to get divorced when compared to men who spent between $500 and $2,000. But cheaper didn’t always mean a longer marriage. Men who spent less than $500 on the ring also had higher divorce rates.

Cost of Wedding

The study also rook a look at how much the couple spent on the wedding – finding that just because you spend a lot on the wedding ceremony also didn’t mean that the marriage would be long-lasting. Couples who spent over $20,000 on their “I-do’s” were linked to higher divorce rates than thriftier couples who spent between $5,000 and $10,000. And the lowest at risk of divorce? The couples who spent less than $1,000 on their big day.

Focus on the Important Things

It’s important to keep in mind that this was just a study, and the findings are by no means law. Each couple is different, and for some, a big ring and a huge wedding might just be the perfect way to kick off a long-lasting marriage. It’s important to remember that the most important part of the wedding, the ring, the nuptials, is the couple that is promising to spend the rest of their lives together.

Source: The Huffington Post, Study Shows Big Engagement Rings Are Linked To Higher Divorce Rates, October 10, 2014

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