A strong marriage, in other words, is an intentional one.
But the other findings, like the fact that expensive rings and ceremonies don't yield happier unions, are more surprising.
If you live in the Northeast and that seems young to you, have no fear, only 19% of brides in your region are locking it down that young, so you'll be in good company. Of course, hindsight is 20/20 but what matters most is intuition.
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A diamond is forever, but an expensive engagement ring means the marriage might not last that long. Men are 50 percent more likely to end up divorced when they said their partner's looks were important in their decision to get married, and women are 60 percent more likely to end up divorced when they cared about their partner’s wealth, compared to people who said they cared about neither. Honeymoons decrease the chances of divorce by 41 percent.* * *Part of the study echoes what we already know about marriage: That it's increasingly for rich people—who make a lot and can afford honeymoons.
Our statistics reveal that if you do, things are on your side.
”If your intention is to get engaged asap, we hope you live in the midwest and have dated 3.4 years.