By TC Newman, Buzz60
Valentine's Day seems like the perfect day to show your love and commitment, but not if you want your marriage to last!
A study from the economists at the University of Melbourne finds that special dates for weddings are not as fortuitous as they seem.
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Holidays such as Valentine's Day or special number dates like September 9th, 1999 (9/9/99) or January 2nd, 2003 (1/2/03) consist of weddings more likely to end in divorce.
Tracking the progress of one million couples, the study found that by their 5th anniversary, 11% of Valentine's Day marriages and 10% of special number date marriages had ended in divorce. This compared to 8% in ordinary date marriages.
Moreover, if you fast forward to nine years after the wedding, 21% of Valentine's Day marriages and 19% of special number date marriages had called it quits.
The study found that those who chose special number wedding dates were more likely to have been previously divorced and to already have children.
The author of the study also found that Valentine's Day brides were more likely to be pregnant on their wedding day than those who married on ordinary dates.
The study states that the choice of wedding date isn't the main factor in divorce rates, but rather what choosing those dates indicates about the couples.
It's possible that the planning of the wedding on this "special" day gets ahead of preparing for the marriage that happens after.
If the relationship is right, there's nothing wrong with getting married on a plain old Tuesday. Chances are it'll still always feel like a holiday to the two of you.