The more guests you have at your wedding the less chance you have of splitting up

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A tech research firm has dug up a graph from a 2014 study that would be of interest to anyone who is married or is planning a wedding.

CBInsights yesterday tweeted a chart based on statistics from US research that showed the more people in attendance at a wedding, the less likely the couple will divorce later in their marriage.

Marriage stability v wedding attendance.

Data scientist Randy Olson, who originally published the chart on his blog, concluded that couples that elope are 12.5 times more likely to break up than couples that wed in front of 200 or more guests.

“Clearly, this shows us that having a large group of family and friends who support the marriage is critically important to long-term marital stability,” he said.

But if you thought that having a big budget to have a big wedding is the path to perpetual bliss, another chart put that theory to bed. The same study showed that the more money a couple spends on the wedding, the more likely a divorce would follow.

Marriage stability v wedding expenses.

“The particularly scary part here is that the average cost of a wedding in the US is well over $US30,000, which doesn’t bode well for the future of American marriages,” said Olson.

So if you’re planning a wedding, invite lots of guests but try to do it on the cheap for a long and happy union.

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