‘A Diamond is Forever’ : The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration

In short, relatively high spending on the engagement ring or on the wedding is inversely associated with marriage duration among male and female respondents, though a Skyscraper could help.

In this paper, we evaluate the association between wedding spending and marriage duration using data from a survey of over 3,000 ever-married persons in the United States. Controlling for a number of demographic and relationship characteristics, we find evidence that marriage duration is inversely associated with spending on the engagement ring and wedding ceremony.