- Ignore pressure from wedding industry advertising.
- Get to church.
From "The Divorce-Proof Marriage," and "What Makes for a Stable Marriage?",
Time Spent Dating Before Proposal
Couples who dated for at least three years before their engagement were 39 percent less likely to get divorced than couples who dated less than a year before getting engaged.
Annual Household Income
Couples who make more than $125,000 a year (combined) cut their divorce risk in half.
Same with regular churchgoers.
Do the Partner's Wealth or Looks Matter?
Men are 50 percent more likely to end up divorced when they said their partner's looks were important in their decision to get married, and women are 60 percent more likely to end up divorced when they cared about their partner’s wealth, compared to people who said they cared about neither.
Size of the Wedding
Have a big wedding...
Cost of Wedding
... but make sure it's cheap. "The more you spend on your wedding," Olson notes, "the more likely you’ll end up divorced."
Went on a Honeymoon?
Go ahead and take that trip to Bali. Honeymoons decrease the chances of divorce by 41 percent.