Yes, according to Emory University researchers. A recent Page Six report:
The more you spend on an engagement ring and wedding ceremony, the shorter the marriage, according to a study released last month by Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon, professors in the Department of Economics at Emory University in Atlanta. They examined the association between wedding spending and marriage duration using data from a survey of over 3,000 people in the U.S. who got married.
What this means is that Bridezillas and groomzillas need to take heed. It is not about the ring, the dress and the fancy cake. You can actually get married just you and your spouse with none of that, and have a much longer lasting marriage than when you splash out and break the bank. Nobody is usually impressed with your over-spending anyway.
Look, for example, at recent celeb wedings of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Kim Kardashian and Scarlett Johanssen (did she marry her baby’s father?). Based on the study, it is not difficult to guess which marriage is more likely to last. But the same is true of ordinary working Joes and Joanns. In fact, it might be more applicable to ordinary folks than celebrities because celebrities can afford to splash out without breaking the bank or creating money stress in their Relationship – which leads to divorce ultimately – whereas ordinary joes and joanns usually cannot; they just put themselves deep into debt just to have one night of show off with friends, family and frenemies. Then they can’t afford to buy a house or to do anything important for décades without feeling a nasty pinch. This is really the point. It is not merely splashing out on the wedding that tends to increase the divorce risk. It is also splashing out when you have no money and you are living/partying above your means. This is the sin that bridezillas and groomzillas commit and it is this that increases their risk of divorce, je crois.