Want an expensive wedding?

calligraphyA couple of things I’ve noticed about marriage just came to mind recently (after reading about a study from Emory University).

One is that marriage, in our time, is presented as (a bungled attempt at) guaranteeing something no one can do. It’s making you swear you’ll continue feeling a certain way (in love) for the rest of your life, when it’d be better to swear to go on being worth loving.

And the second thing is that if parachutes failed to open at the same rate that marriages fail, no one would parachute out of a plane, unless they had to.

This is what I read about. Do you want an expensive engagement ring and wedding? If you do, consider the findings from a couple of researchers at Emory University who claim:

” In this paper, we evaluate the association between wedding spending and marriage duration using data from a survey of over 3,000 never-married persons in the United States. Controlling for a number of demographic and relationship characteristics, we find evidence that marriage duration is inversely associated with spending on the engagement ring and wedding ceremony.”

Wow! Be careful what you wish for. Or be artful about why you’re wishing for it.