The more you dish out on the big day, the shorter the marriage, according to a survey by two Emory University economics professors. They surveyed 3,000 people who had only been married once and found:
- Guys who dropped between $2k-$4k on an engagement ring were 1.3 times more likely to get divorced than those who spent $500 and $2k.
- Spending more than $20k on the wedding increased the odds of divorce by 3.5 times compared with those who kept it between $5k-$10k.
- Best odds fell to those who kept it less than $1,000.
While the cost of the wedding is usually directly affected by the size of the guest list, the survey found that the more people attending the wedding (100 or more), the less likely divorce was on the horizon for the couple. “The ultimate message seems to be, keep your big day big, but shrink the per-guest price tag if you want the years that follow to be just as fulfilling,” NPR reports.