People who have big weddings have happier marriages

11.03.2015
If you're getting hitched anytime soon, you're probably going to want to expand that guest list. 

According to the University of Virginia's National Marriage Project, the more people that come to a wedding, the happier the couple will be in their marriage — thanks to how the ceremony cements the connection between a couple and their community. 

"Weddings, after all, are public celebrations involving family, close friends, and often a wider network of people around a couple," write Galena K. Rhoades and Scott M. Stanley, co-authors of the "Before 'I Do'" report. 

Drawing from a sample of 418 people married between 2007 and 2013, the study found that couples who had 150 or more guests at their weddings had a 47% likelihood of having a higher-quality marriage, while having 51 to 149 guests predicted a 37% likelihood, and having 50 or less predicted a 31% likelihood.
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