It may not rank as the highest concern for those planning their nuptials, but the date is a significant choice. Sometimes availability and time factors rule the day. But, sometimes people make a choice that reflects a date of personal historic importance, or choose to commemorate a real event, or tie the knot around a favorite holiday.
It may not seem like a really high indicator of marital success, however it can have a bearing. For example, an unusual date, or one tied to a significant memory or event, is likely to ensure anniversaries are more memorable and special. Who attends the event and what the costs will be are likely to be affected by the date too. These factors are likely to impress the married couples’ joint memories for a long time.
Interestingly, there is compelling research to suggest that those that do the deed on an ordinary Sunday, as opposed to a specially selected and memorable day, are more likely to stay married. There is the possibility that the date is less causal than reflective of the couple that chooses it. Bigger affairs
may simply reflect a higher degree of family support, for example, not just the fact that the couple chose to pick a non-holiday that was easier for most to attend.
- Choosing an unusual wedding date can reduce wedding attendance while a popular date can increase wedding costs. Both factors have been linked to high divorce rates.
- Researchers that compared wedding dates in Dutch registries discovered that marriages on popular wedding dates like Valentine’s Day were more than 300 percent higher.
- The conclusion of the study included the fact that choosing a wedding date revealed aspects of the couple’s personality and the progression of the relationship.
“This can be a positive factor constituting an area of similarity, or a predisposition to superstition or the tendency to value novelty over substance.”