(Telegraph) Bigger weddings lead to happier marriages
By Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent 2:16PM BST 21 Aug 2014
A study by the University of Virginia in the US, found that couples who had larger ceremonies had higher-quality marriages than those with 50 or fewer guests
The stress of organising a big wedding can leave many couples at breaking point, as they battle to coordinate a celebration on a scale which would tax even professional event planners.
But couples wrestling with 150-seat table plans should take heart, for new research suggests that bigger weddings predict more successful marriages.
A study by the University of Virginia in the US, found that couples who had larger ceremonies had higher-quality marriages.
Although cynics may argue that people who can afford an opulent wedding are likely to be financially secure, and therefore happier, the researchers claim that the correlation remains even when controlling for wealth.
They believe that marrying in front of a large number of people demonstrates greater commitment to the union while also discouraging divorce.