For a Happy Marriage, You May Want to Avoid These Wedding Dates
Choosing your wedding date is no easy task, but academia is making a convincing case to avoid one type of flip on the earth's axis for tying the knot: popular and unusual dates. As Psychology Today recently reported, research by Jan Kabátek and David C. Ribar found a correlation between specific wedding dates and marriage length. Their work, cleverly titled "Not Your Lucky Day," and published in the Journal of Population Economics in January 2018, is worth taking with a grain of salt, but nevertheless offers some interesting insight on marriage.
"[Kabátek and Ribar] used Dutch marriage and divorce registries from 1999 to 2013, comparing the lengths of marriages that began on ordinary dates with those that began on unusually popular dates," writes Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D, on Psychology Today. "They identified several types of popular dates, including Valentine's Day and days that were numerically distinct—such as dates with the same or sequential number values (e.g., 9.9.99, 1.2.03). They showed that the rate of weddings on such dates was 137 to 509 percent higher than on ordinary dates."
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And what did they find? The researchers discovered that the chance of divorce for couples who married on these so-called special dates were 18-to-36 percent higher than those who said "I do" on regular calendar days. Even when the researchers controlled for variables relating to higher risk for divorce, they still found those couples who had special date weddings had a 10-to-17 percent higher chance of divorce than other couples.
Obviously, a date can't directly impact the odds of your marital success, but the duo's research indicates that negative relationship traits in couples may be linked with an increased likelihood to wed on one of these "not so lucky" dates.