Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run.
A new report by the University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project tracked 1,000 Americans between the ages of 18 to 34 who were in a relationship but not married. For the next step, they examined the 418 marriages that followed over the next 5 years.
The researchers found that the couples that threw large weddings (defined as a 150 guests or more) experienced happy marriages 47 percent of the time. In comparison, couples who had fewer than 50 guests were happy only 31 percent of the time.
There’s even a name for the big wedding equals happy marriage phenomenon - the “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” effect, which is named after the 2002 hit film. “Couples with larger networks of friends and family may have more help, and encouragement, in navigating the challenges of married life,” said National Marriage Project director W. Bradford Wilcox in a statement.
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