More wedding guests make a happier marriage, study says

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Do More Wedding Guests Make A Happier Marriage?

Could the number of guests at your wedding directly correlate with your marital happiness as the years go by?

A new report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia suggests it does.

Over a five-year period, the study followed 418 people who got married -- the overwhelming majority in formal wedding ceremonies. Forty-seven percent of those who had at least 150 guests at their weddings reported marital happiness in the top 40 percent of the sample.

A writer for the New York Post came up with a point that might lend some credibility to the larger-weddings-equals-happier-marriage thing.

"It may be that having all those people at your wedding is a sign you have a large, extended network of family and friends who'll support you in your marriage -- people you can turn to in times of tensions with your spouse."

Now before all you brides and grooms freak out and decide you need to add a bunch of people to your guest lists, a writer for Refinery29 pointed out some potential flaws in the findings.

First, the happiness factor was entirely based on what the couples told the researchers. And second, the couples have only been married for five years at the most because that's how long participants were followed. It's also important to note researchers only studied people between the ages of 18 and 40 and only couples who married someone of the opposite sex.

The Washington Post came to this conclusion after taking a look at the study: "Don't drive yourself deeply into debt with a gigantic wedding just because of a couple of bar charts."

We decided to take a look at factors others believe contribute to long, successful marriages.

A doctor of psychology says relationships take communication, honesty and compromise to work.

And in a post written for a site dedicated to marriage, a couples mediator advises people to pick their battles with their spouses and says it's all right to disagree, but it doesn't have to turn into a full-blown argument.

To read more about the study, head over to The National Marriage Project's website.

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More wedding guests make a happier marriage, study says
FILE - This Aug. 31, 2011 file photo shows newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries attending a party thrown in their honor at Capitale in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
American actors Nicolette Sheridan, left, Felicity Huffman, center, and her husband William H. Macy walk out Saint Germain l'Auxerrois church after the wedding ceremony of American actress Eva Longoria, star of television series "Desperate Housewives," and French basketball player Tony Parker, in Paris, Saturday, July 7, 2007. Parker and Eva Longoria are in France for their wedding this weekend, with a reception planned at a historic chateau outside Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Unidentifed guests leave the wedding ceremony of NBA player Tony Parker, of France, and U.S. actress Eva Longoria, Saturday July 7 , 2007 in Paris. Parker and Longoria, a star on the U.S. television series "Desperate Housewives," are in France for their wedding this weekend, with a reception planned at a historic chateau outside Paris. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
U.S. actresses Brenda Strong, left, Felicity Huffman, center, and Nicolette Sheridan, leave the wedding ceremony of NBA player Tony Parker, of France, and U.S. actress Eva Longoria, Saturday July 7 , 2007 in Paris. Parker and Longoria, a star on the U.S. television series "Desperate Housewives," are in France for their wedding this weekend, with a reception planned at a historic chateau outside Paris. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
U.S. actresses Brenda Strong, leaves the wedding ceremony of NBA player Tony Parker, of France, and U.S. actress Eva Longoria, Saturday July 7 , 2007 in Paris. Parker and Longoria, a star on the U.S. television series "Desperate Housewives," are in France for their wedding this weekend, with a reception planned at a historic chateau outside Paris. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
U.S. actress Eva Longoria, a star on the U.S. television series "Desperate Housewives," waves as she arrives at a Paris City Hall, Friday, July 6, 2007, for her civil wedding with NBA player Tony Parker. The religious wedding is expected to be celebrated on Saturday July 7, 2007, followed by a reception planned at a historic chateau outside Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
PARIS - JULY 07: Mario Lopez and girlfriend Karina Smirnoff arrive to Tony Parker and Eva Longoria's wedding at Saint Germain L'Auxerrois church, on July 7, 2007, in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Ausset-Lacroix/ WireImage)
** FILE ** Liz Hurley and Arun Najar are seen in Mailand, Italy in this Feb. 26, 2004 file photo. Hurley married Nayar in a private civil ceremony at a 15-century castle, and photographers and spectators descended Saturday, March 3, 2007 on the quiet town of Winchcombe in western England to catch a glimpse of their lavish wedding party. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
FILE - In this July 7, 2010 file photo, British actress Liz Hurley, left, and her husband Arun Nayar, right, leave Valentino's Fall-Winter 2010-2011 Haute Couture fashion collection in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2006 file photo released by Rogers and Cowan, actor Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes pose in their wedding attire at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle overlooking Lake Bracciano outside of Rome. Cruise and Homes are calling it quits after five years of marriage. Holmes' attorney Jonathan Wolfe said Friday June 29, 2012 that the couple is divorcing, but called it a private matter for the family. (AP Photo/Robert Evans, File)
A man walks past a photo of engaged U.S. actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes kissing, shown in the lakeside town of Bracciano, some 43 kilometers (27 miles) from Rome, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006. Tom Cruise, waving to fans, arrived in a van in this medieval town Saturday ahead of his star-studded wedding in a castle to actress Katie Holmes. A couple of hours earlier, Holmes and her baby, Suri, were driven in a limousine through the castle gate as rain started falling. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
A picture portraying U.S actors Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise kissing each other is seen in a bar of the lakeside town of Bracciano, some 43 kilometers (27 miles) from Rome, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, where the couple, who became engaged in June 2005, are expected to marry. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Vanisha Mittal, right, walks with her brother Aditya Mittal at Vaux le Vicomte before her wedding in Paris, France, Tuesday June 22, 2004. Vanisha Mittal, only daughter of Indian billionaire steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal and Usha Mittal, married London-based financier Amit Bhatia, the son of Renu and Arun Bhatia, on Tuesday June 22, 2004. Image made available Wednesday June 23, 2004. (AP photo /ISPAT Communications ) ** EDITORIAL USE ONLY, MANDATORY CREDIT **
Vanisha Mittal, photographed with her brother Aditya Mittal, left, as they arrive for her wedding in Versailles outside Paris, France on Sunday, June 20, 2004. Vanisha Mittal, daughter of Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, is marrying London-based financier Amit Bhatia, the son of Renu and Arun Bhatia. (AP PHOTO/ISPAT Communications) ** EDITORIAL USE ONLY, MANDATORY CREDIT **
Vaux le Vicomte is seen before the wedding of Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia in Paris, France, Tuesday June 22, 2004. Vanisha Mittal, only daughter of Indian billionaire steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal and Usha Mittal, married London-based financier Amit Bhatia, the son of Renu and Arun Bhatia, on Tuesday June 22, 2004. Image made available Wednesday June 23, 2004. (AP photo /ISPAT Communications ) **EDITORIAL USE ONLY, MANDATORY CREDIT **
The Battle Gallery at the Chateau de Versailles, outside Paris is seen before dinner is served for guests celebrating the exchange of rings between Amit Bhatia and Vanisha Mittal during their wedding festivities, Sunday, June 20, 2004. Vanisha Mittal, daughter of Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal and Usha Mittal, is marrying London-based financer Amit Bhatia, the son of Renu and Arun Bhatia. Picture taken June 20, 2004. (AP Photo/Xp1.com, Pool) **EDITORIAL USE ONLY, MANDATORY CREDIT **
Amit Bhatia and his fiancee Vanisha Mittal, left, pose at their pre-wedding party at Parc St. Cloud in Paris, France, Monday June 21, 2004. Vanisha Mittal, only daughter of Indian billionaire steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal and Usha Mittal, married London-based financier Amit Bhatia, the son of Renu and Arun Bhatia, on Tuesday June 22, 2004. Image made available Wednesday June 23, 2004. (AP photo /ISPAT Communications ) **EDITORIAL USE ONLY, MANDATORY CREDIT **
Kim Kardashian and U.S rap singer Kanye West arrive at a luxury shop in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Kim Kardashian leaves a luxury shop in Paris, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
Mary Jo Shannon, grandmother of Kim Kardashian, arrives at Kanye West's Paris apartment, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
U.S rap singer Kanye West enters his car as he leaves a luxury shop in Paris, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, will be thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening this week ahead of their marriage. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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