Written by Katie Byrne, published 6th may
Yes, according to this research...
The guest-list is arguably one of the most stressful elements of a couple's wedding planning - with working out who does (and doesn't...) make the cut causing couples across the globe just a little, er, food for thought.
However, a recently unearthed study has claimed the happiness of a couple’s marriage can actually be predicted by their guest-list: the size of it, to be precise.
The data - which was originally published in 2014 and based on the survey answers of thousands of married couples - was unearthed by tech firm CBInsights, who uploaded a graph of the survey’s findings to Twitter.
According to the graph, couples with smaller wedding parties are more likely to split: guest-lists exceeding 200 guests have a 92% less likely chance of divorcing, whilst weddding parties with between 11 and 50 guests are 56% less likely to split.
Couples who marry with no guests - for example, those who choose to elope - are the most likely to divorce, with a ranking of 35%.
The research was originally shared by data scientist Randy Olson who, in a blog post about the study, explained: "Couples who elope are 12.5x more likely to end up divorced than couples who get married at a wedding with 200+ people. 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".
Take a look at Randy’s findings in full here.
Interesting - do you think the size of a wedding party can influence the future of a marriage? Tweet your thoughts to @weddingmagazine.