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Do Budget Weddings Lead to Stable Marriages?
A lavish fairy tale wedding may not lead to a fairy tale marriage, according to a new study.
Researchers at Emory University studied 3,000 married couples to determine factors that predict if a marriage will last or not. Their study found that couples who spent more on engagement rings and wedding expenses were more likely to divorce than couples who went for affordable engagement rings and more modest budgets: “Overall, our findings provide little evidence to support the validity of the wedding industry’s general message that connects expensive weddings with positive marital outcomes.”
Here are some of the interesting results from the study:
Affordable engagement rings are a wise investment.
Spending a more modest amount on an engagement ring is linked with a longer-lasting union. Men who spent between $2,000 to $4,000 on an engagement ring had a 1.3 times greater risk of divorce than men who spent between $500 and $2,000.
Budget weddings are prudent.
Though wedding costs continue to rise in the US - according a national survey conducted by TheKnot.com, the average wedding cost was $29,858 in 2013 - keeping expenses low is advisable. Weddings that cost more than $20,000 were more significantly associated with divorce than those with a lower price tag.
The size of the guest list is important.
The study results suggest that couples should strive for budget weddings, but that doesn’t mean you should head to Vegas to elope. Couples who have a large wedding ceremony attendance are more likely to stay married. In fact, couples who elope are 12.5 times more likely to end up splitting than couples who have 200+ guests at their wedding.
A longer courtship relates to a longer marriage.
Couples who dated longer before their engagement were less likely to split than those who dated less than a year (1-2 years: 20% less likely; 3+ years: 39% less likely).
Going on a honeymoon is a good idea.
Book those plane tickets! Couples who took a honeymoon were 41% less likely to get divorced than those who didn’t.
Some conclusions we can draw from the study are:
- Knowing each other well is an essential part of a stable marriage.
- It’s important for a couple to be surrounded by friends and family who support the marriage.
- More expensive is not better when it comes to weddings. Affordable wedding rings and more modest wedding budgets may alleviate the financial stress and debt that can come with more lavish weddings.
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4 Ideas for Affordable Altars and Arches
The place where you and your spouse-to-be exchange vows and matching trio rings should be stunning and complementary to the setting. Renting or buying altar decorations can be expensive if you are on a budget. With a little bit of time, DIY know-how and creativity, you can create gorgeous and affordable altars and arches that are perfect for your ceremony.
DIY Altars and Arches
1. Wedding Chuppah
At a Jewish wedding, the couple is married beneath a canopy or chuppah - which means “covering” or “protection.” The chuppah symbolizes the couple’s new home together. Renting a chuppah from a florist or event company can be expensive, but they are easy, inexpensive and customizable if you build one yourself. This step-by-step tutorial uses materials you can find at most hardware stores, including PVC pipe, connectors, cinder blocks, fabric and plaster.
2. Church Altar Decorations
If you are getting married in a church with a beautiful altar, you will be able to save money by using the decorations that are already there. If you want to personalize the space, ask the church what is permitted and add simple touches, such as flowers, candles or fabrics.
3. Ladder Arch
Form an arch from simple wooden ladders, and decorate with flowers, garlands, ribbons, lanterns, candles or other accessories. This lovely archway is perfect for rustic chic wedding decor, and it’s a snap to put together.
4. Natural Wedding Arch
If you are getting married in a forest or anywhere that has uniquely shaped trees, you could take advantage of this natural beauty for your wedding altar. Sheath downward facing branches in lace, chiffon, ribbon or other fabric in your wedding colors. Use this arch to frame you as you’re saying your vows and putting on your matching trio rings for the first time.
Looking for more DIY inspiration? Check out these beautiful pinterest boards for tutorials, tips and real-life examples.
Alternative Wedding Arches: everything from handwritten backdrops to living wall altars
Rustic Wedding Arches: combining natural elements, such as wood, flowers and vines
DIY Wedding Arches: inventive ideas that you can create easily yourself
4 Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Holiday Proposal
If you are thinking about getting down on one knee this Christmas or New Year’s Eve, now is the time to start making preparations for your romantic moment. If you are thoughtful and thorough in your planning now, you can relax and enjoy this life-changing event.
1. Think about what would make her light up.
There is no “one size fits all” proposal that is right for every woman. You know your partner better than anyone else, so spend some time asking what would make a holiday proposal most memorable and meaningful to her. What is most important to her in your relationship? How does she like to be shown love and affection? What proposal story would she love to tell for years to come? Brainstorm a few different scenarios, and go for the one that feels right for her.
2. Decide how you want to involve loved ones.
You may want your proposal to be a private moment for just the two of you, but your families and friends will also want to be a part of your celebration in some way. If you are planning to see your loved ones at the holidays, it could be a perfect opportunity to arrange a casual get-together, dinner or cocktail party after you propose.
3. Make arrangements and reservations as early as possible.
The holidays are a busy time for special events, so as soon as you decide on how you want to propose, organize and confirm all the arrangements you need well in advance so you’re not scrambling for something important at the last minute. Reserve a room at that romantic B&B in the mountains, book the table with the best view at your favorite restaurant or make the shopping list for the incredible meal you are going to make her. Browse affordable engagement rings in different styles, and order the one you know she’ll love.
4. Have back-up plans ready, just in case.
It’s likely that your holiday proposal will go just as planned, with nothing more to worry about than the butterflies in your stomach. You will have researched affordable engagement rings well in advance and have the perfect ring ready for the right moment. The location you chose will be just as you imagined it, and everything will be easy and stress-free. But just in case, have a Plan B for your own peace of mind. Select another restaurant you’d be happy with in case your first choice has to close unexpectedly. Have a second florist or tour guide or horseback riding instructor programmed into your phone on the off chance that any of your arrangements fall through at the last minute.
What are your planning tips for a stress-free proposal?
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Best Places to Propose in Hartford, CT
Hartford, Connecticut’s capital city, is a small, historic and energetic city located on the Connecticut River. Mark Twain once said of Hartford, “of all the beautiful towns it has been my fortune to see, this is the chief." It’s a romantic place to spend a weekend with your sweetheart, and there are plenty of places to get down on one knee with a diamond ladies’ band. Whether you are interested in food, relaxation or nature, you’ll find just the right place to pop the question.
3 Romantic Places to Propose
1. On a carriage or sleigh ride
No matter what the season, you can plan a storybook marriage proposal just outside the city of Hartford at Wood Acres Farm or Foxglove Farm. Book a hayride or carriage ride in the fall, or cozy up with a sleigh ride in the winter. Ask your driver to stop so you can enjoy the beautiful views of the countryside, and ask her to marry you. Celebrate with a glass of champagne or a cup of hot cocoa afterward!
2. At a New England winery
Connecticut features a cool-climate growing region and produces a flavorful selection of red and white wines, such as cabernet franc, pinot gris and riesling. Learn more about the Connecticut Wine Trail, and call one of the 25 wineries in the area to plan a picture-perfect proposal. Arrange to sample a few of her favorite wines at a private tasting, and ask her to be your wife when it’s just the two of you savoring a glass.
Over a memorable meal
ON20 is one of Hartford’s most romantic fine dining restaurants, located in the heart of downtown, with views of the Connecticut River. Reserve an intimate table with a window view. Start with a glass of wine or a creative house cocktail, then indulge in a multi-course gourmet feast. Splurge on the daily chef’s tasting menu or try the eggplant and zucchini risotto with mozzarella di bufala or the roasted hanger steak with blue cheese fondue and vegetables. Propose over dessert and champagne or on a post-dinner stroll.
What do you think the best places to propose in Hartford are?
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3 Fall Proposal Ideas to Fit Her Style
Just as there is a beautiful engagement ring set out there that will fit your bride-to-be’s style perfectly, there is also a wedding proposal that will be tailored to her tastes. Get started on your plans with some of these ideas!
Sweet & Simple Autumn Proposal Ideas
If you and your lady can’t get enough of the great outdoors, find a way to incorporate this love into your proposal. This is a beautifully simple plan that can be executed on any free Saturday. The only drawback is that you’ll have to be flexible with timing, as it will be dependent on weather.
Tell your girlfriend you’ve planned a secret adventure, and have her wear hiking attire but don’t tell her where you’re going. Pack a picnic with a simple lunch, a bottle of wine and something sweet (that won’t melt) for dessert. Go on a relaxing (probably avoid hardcore climbs unless you’re sure she’s into that kind of challenge) autumn hike or nature walk - pick one of your shared favorite spots or a new location known for its great views or beautiful fall leaves. Hide the ring in a box in your backpack, and take it out at the right moment as you’re both admiring the gorgeous scenery.
If your sweetheart swoons at the mention of wine-paired dinners or can recall in great detail meals she had years ago, she might appreciate a delicious foodie-focused proposal. Plan an evening around her favorite foods or restaurants, mapping out a route where you go to different locations for pre-dinner drinks, appetizers, main dishes and dessert (this works even better if you can stroll from place to place, but a quick drive in between locations is also good). Select the perfect engagement ring set in advance, and have it ready for the dessert and champagne course!
You don’t need skywriting or flash mobs to create a memorable proposal. Plan a romantic night at home that is perfect for just the two of you. Cook a meal that is a step or two above what you would normally attempt, and don’t let her help with anything. Pour her a glass of her favorite beverage, put on some music and let her relax. After dinner, light candles or get a fire going and snuggle up on the couch together. Tell her how much you love her and why you want her to be your wife - or write a heartfelt letter in advance and give it to her before you propose if you’re afraid of getting tongue-tied!
What are your romantic fall proposal ideas?
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