For newly engaged couples, there is so much excitement and love in the air that it’s very easy to feel like you’re literally walking on clouds.
One of the VERY first questions every engaged couple is asked is, “So….when’s the big day? When are you getting married?”
The decision on the “big day” usually hinges on several rational factors, including where the couple wants to get married (and its availability), job or school schedules, and more. That being said, some couples can fall into the “Hollywood” fantasy of getting married on Valentine’s Day, or waiting for a numerically appealing day like 7/17/17. Research has shown that the number of actual weddings skyrocket on “special” dates (as compared to normal dates).
So, should you wait for a special date to get married? A new study on wedding dates done by the University of Melbourne recently found that couples who chose “special” dates for their weddings (numerically or romantically) were much more likely to divorce than couples who chose random days. Why is that? The researchers found several reasons:
1. It was their second marriage.
Couples who chose romantic or numerically significant dates had often been married before and had children from previous marriages. Adding “complexity” to the marriage equation never simplifies things — so lots of exes and kids in a new marriage can make conflict a stronger possibility. Read more