A lot of thought goes into wedding planning, but according to a new study you should avoid getting married on Valentines Day.
No, it’s not because it costs more to get married on the “most romantic day of the year”.
The study conducted by the Melbourne Institute has found that couples who get married on special dates like Valentines Day or 9/9/99 are more likely to get divorced.
Titled “Not Your Lucky Day: Romantically and Numerically Special Wedding Date Divorce Risks” the study advices that weddings on love-focused commercial holidays can spell disaster for a marriage.
They economists who conducted the research looked at a registry of over 1 million marriages and found the following:
"By their fifth anniversaries, 11 percent of Valentine’s Day marriages and 10 percent of same-number-date marriages had ended.
"By their ninth anniversaries, 21 percent of Valentine’s Day marriages, 19 percent of same-number-date marriages, and 16 percent of ordinary-date marriages were estimated to fail."
They also found those who “married on special dates were less alike, in terms of education and ages, than spouses who married on ordinary dates.”
While the difference may not be drastic, the researchers believe the rates are indicative of a deeper issue within the relationship.
Professor David Ribar said:
“Couples who marry on ordinary dates may be more strongly influenced by characteristics of their relationships and their compatibility than other couples who marry on special dates.”
While it may not mean the end for your relationship, share this with any superstitious friends who are planning weddings!