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Could the size of your guest-list indicate at the future of your marriage?

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.

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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%.

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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


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