The numbers have been static since 2009, but in the past year a 2.8 percentage point spike was recorded.
Sociologist Eva Cox believes the stigma attached to non-married couples living together is long gone. People are un-phased about whether their parents are married or not,” Cox says.
Courtship may be completely omitted, as in cases of some arranged marriages where the couple do not meet before the wedding.
In 1975, just 16 per cent of married couples had lived together first, but by 1981 cohabitation had become more popular with 31 per cent of married couples recording their pre-marriage cohabitation.
She also believes the role of marriage has shifted and there’s no need to get married early.
“It’s more ceremonial and less about having sex,” she says.
Perhaps it would help to turn to the scientific research, which has pinpointed specific factors that can make or break a romantic relationship.
Below, we've rounded up 15 nontrivial things you might want to keep in mind before hiring a wedding planner.
wedding sites, jewelry stores and TLC shows, all have two things in common: hyping up the materialist aspect of marriage and, of course, love... To see if wedding propaganda played any part in helping marriages last, two Emory University professors conducted a survey called "'A Diamond is Forever' and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration." After surveying a sample of straight married couples this past summer and studying their marital habits, satisfaction and age at each part of their relationship milestones, they found that wedding logistisics (other than love) do matter, but not in the way you'd expect.