10 Truth Married Couples Like Soon-To-Be-Divorced Brangelina Won't Tell You
Small wonder: The average cost of a wedding in the U.S. rose to $29,858 in 2014. The costs only include food, engagement ring and photographer, excluding honeymoon.
Brides and grooms no longer have to stick to mom and dad's budget. They have more of a say and actively plan their weddings. But not everyone sees that as a good.
Five decades ago, magazines recommended couples set aside two months to prepare for their wedding. Now, they recommend at least one year of preparation for the big day.
1. Marriage is going out of fashion
The more couples that have weddings like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, the more poorly distinguished guests will have to fork out to attend.
This year, guests are projected to spend an average of $592 per wedding couple, up 75% in just two years. Plus, guests will drop another $109 per wedding on gifts.
2. We planned our divorce before our wedding
The more you spend on a wedding, the shorter the marriage. In a survey of 3,000 married couples, it concluded that couples who spend $20,000 on wedding (not including the cost of the ring) are 46% more likely than average to get divorced, and those who spend between $1,000 and $5,000 are 18% less likely to split.
Those who spent much on their wedding were more likely resulting debt caused stress in their marriage. Little evidence supports a big wedding leads to a happy marriage.
3. The wedding may break the bank for us
In a 2012 survey, some 12.3% of married women and 19% of married men admitted to having had affairs.
Cheating has gotten easier nowadays. Dating sites cater to married men and women, and apps like Snapchat allows sending messages that disappear on arrival. But technology cuts both ways: There are also apps that allow suspicious spouses to track their partner's online activity.
Many would cheat if they knew they could get away with it. In a survey of 1,000 people, parenthood appears to be more of infidelity, the study found. 55% of married couples with children think that "marriage is more difficult than I thought it would be."
4. And it also might break the bank for you, too
The digital world has made infidelity harder to define, easier to get away with, and harder to resist. In a survey, one-third respondents admit to having had a romantic relationship online.
Technology is the third person in marriage, and when things are getting bad, it's easy to look up other people.
5. The bigger the wedding, the shorter the marriage
The higher your income, the more likely you two stay together. Couples earning $125,000-plus a year are 51% less likely to split than those making less than $25,000 a year.
The link between money and marriage is hardly surprising. After all, the more assets couples have, the longer it takes to draw up divorce papers, giving them more time to change their minds probably.
6. We've got infidelity on the brain
It has been studied that two-thirds of all divorces are initiated by women. When it comes to awarding child custody, divorce laws tend to be more favorable to women.
7. Social media is breaking us apart.
Aging boomers seem to be more likely to get divorced. Maybe it's because they are freed from social mores and encouraged by financial independence.
8. But money could keep us together.
We love our dogs in many ways such as giving them considerate care, buying them treats, or directly telling them "I love you." Dogs, in turn, love us too, but in surprising and secret ways you may not realize.
9. Splitting up was her idea
When your dog looks at you in the eye, he is "hugging you with his eyes."
10. You're never too old to get divorced
Researchers have found that dogs are likely to yawn after seeing familiar people yawn. So if your dogs yawn in response to yours, it means they love you.