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Why you may want to reconsider that Valentine's Day wedding

How many of us have been to Valentine's Day weddings? Probably, most of us have. It's understandably a popular day for people to tie the knot. A lot of couples chose sequential numbers dates like 1/2/03. Dates like 11/11/11 were popular as well.

Of course, once we got past 2013, the opportunity for these "special number" date weddings pretty much ended. However, a recent study found that those dates were six times more popular than other dates. Valentine's Day weddings were three times more common than on any other day in February.

However, for those planning a Valentine's Day wedding, there's a study that might give you pause. Researchers in Australia looked at over a million weddings in the Netherlands and found that people who married on Feb. 14 or one of those same or sequential number dates were as much as 36 percent more likely to divorce as those who didn't choose one of those dates.

Researchers looked at data from 1999 to 2013. Specifically, they found that couples who married on dates like 9/9/99 were 25 percent more likely to divorce than those who got married on a seemingly-random day. Marriages that started on Valentine's Day were a third more likely to end.

The researchers postulated about some of the cool "social science" behind why couples who choose these special dates are more likely to break up, based on their study. They're more likely to:

-- Have an age and education gap

-- Be on their second or subsequent marriage.

-- Be more influenced about when to marry by the quality of their relationship rather than "external cues, like special dates…."

Certainly, not every Valentine's Day or special date marriage is doomed. Many people have always dreamed of a Valentine's Day or perhaps a Christmas wedding. Other couples choose a date that has significance to one or both of them, whether the anniversary of their first date or the birthday of a parent or family member who has passed away. However, it might be worth at least taking some time to consider why you're choosing the date you are.

Source: Huffington Post, "Why You Might Want To Reconsider Getting Married On Valentine’s Day," Brittany Wong, Sep. 29, 2016

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