Couples who spend more money on their weddings are more likely to split

If celeb splits are anything to go by, it's not hard to believe that the more money spent on a wedding, the less likely it is to last. 

Obviously there are many factors at play when a couple decides to call it quits, but economics professors Andrew Francis-Tan and Hugo M Mialon have been doing research into the characteristics that may increase the chances of couples divorcing - and surprisingly one of the standout conclusions was that the more money spent on an engagement ring, the more likely the relationship was to end. 

‘Specifically, in the sample of men, spending between US$2,000 and US$4,000 on an engagement ring is associated with 1.3 times greater hazard of divorce as compared to spending between US$500 and US$2,000’ the study said. 

The same seemed to be true for the amount spent on the actual ceremony - weddings which cost under NZ$1500 showed a significant decrease in the likelihood of divorce, while weddings that cost over NZ$29,000 were 1.6 times more likely to divorce.

That's not to say that spending money to make your special day perfect means the marriage will end badly, but we can't argue with the figures...