Magazine article Psychology Today

The Telltale Wedding

Magazine article Psychology Today

The Telltale Wedding

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THE MOST LAVISH CEREMONIES AREN'T ALWAYS THE MOST AUSPICIOUS.

MANY YOUNG PEOPLE grow up with dreams of regal weddings, surrounded by admiring loved ones. But does all that pomp have any relevance to their prospects for a happy marriage? More, it seems, than most people might think. Two recent reports- one by a pair of Emory University economists and another that we, two psychologists, produced for the Nationat Marriage Project-investigate the power of this singular rite of passage.

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We found that couples who reported having more guests attheir wedding also reported, on average, higher levels of marital quality [1], even when we controlled for factors such as education, religiosity, race, and income. Similarly, Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon observed that higher wedding attendance was associated with lower odds of divorce. The benefits of having more witnesses at one's wedding may come in part from the psychological consequences of making such a public declaration of commitment- we strive to maintain consistency between what we say and what we do. …

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