What Wedding Factors Correlate with Lower Divorce Rates?

I’ve always appreciated the thoughtful commentary of social researcher and author Shaunti Feldhahn.

In a recent blog article, Shaunti broke down an Emory University study about wedding-day factors that correlate with higher and lower divorce rates among couples.

Bottom line?

Among the findings for lower divorce rates were:

1. More people attending the wedding
2. The couple being regular church attenders
3. Less money spent on the wedding

Perhaps it’s actually what these factors represent that really matters. Things like more connections with community (#1) and faith (#2) and the “stuff of this earth” having less of a hold on the couple (#3).

Seems like a reasonable assumption to me, anyway.

If you aren’t familiar with Shaunti’s writings, you should be. Check out her website, as well as her most recent book, The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths about Marriage and Divorce.

Incidentally, if you still think the divorce rate is 50% for Christian couples, you need to check out this book.