I have often wondered about, not only what characteristics attract people to each other, but also what keeps them together after the wedding.
I went searching for the statistics for the success rate of marriages. Success rate is of course measured by how long the marriage lasts.
We all know that families - read couples - who eat together, are said to stay together, but how many people know that the same is true for couples who watch movies together? Here are 8 equally surprising things that lead to a long-lasting marriage http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/15/surprisig-facts-happy-marriage_n_6302554.html
How many people know that there is such a thing as an infidelity gene? Or that the 'big wedding' had to do with the commitment of the couple? http://www.salon.com/2014/09/22/6_extremely_weird_facts_about_marriage_partner/
For those who would like to have answers before they take the plunge, check out these surprising predictions http://www.bustle.com/articles/81561-8-weird-factors-that-predict-a-successful-marriage-according-to-science-because-you-may-want-to
Between the three articles, there are contradictions on the results of the cost of the wedding. You decide for yourself which is true. To help you, here is an article about abstinence, you know, not doing it until the wedding night. Maybe our grannies had a point, although they might not have understood the why behind it. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1341126/Want-secret-happy-marriage-Dont-sex-wedding.html
I I just love the wedding theme, don't you? From the traditions and superstitions attached to the big day, the wedding themes and the lengths people would go to to stand out and make that day memorable, to random statistics like these, I think there is enough scope for many more novels after my Bridesmaids, Weddings & Honeymoons series. Book 1, The Run-Away Couple, is available on amazon here http://tinyurl.com/onopuv4 . Book 2 in the series, He's Married, will be released on August 26, 2015 and book 3, You're Wrong, sometime in September.
All the pictures in this post was taken of my beautiful daughter, Muriel van der Linde, and her husband Zack's wedding 5 years ago, by Louis Kleinhans.