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Of the estimated 1.2 million couples who will tie the knot this year, as many as 65 percent won’t survive. You get better odds in Vegas – especially if that’s where you tied the knot. Why such dismal numbers?

My thoughts are that the average couple stumbles to the altar after years (or months) of free-fall dating, then spend the engagement period furiously preparing for a wedding, not a marriage. The decision of whether to add a groom’s cake to the menu or engrave your invitations becomes the focal point – and may be really important at the time – but doesn’t exactly train people to deal with the hurts and dashed expectations that can hit after the honeymoon.

In an ideal world, couples would attend months of premarital counseling with qualified therapists, and they would go before the engagement, not after.
And that’s just the average couple.
When Kim Kardashian announced her engagement to basketball player Kris Humphries, a public hype began that was only formerly rivaled by the royal wedding in April.
Now, 72 days later, the relationship has been given an equally public ending, the wedding fanfare forgotten and replaced with public humiliation.
Shows like “Bridezillas” and “Say Yes to the Dress” have encouraged a cultural fascination with weddings, but when the wedding becomes more about the “big day,” as opposed to your life together, it may be a warning sign that perhaps this is a union best avoided.

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