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Bigger Weddings Make Longer Marriages, Study

Update Date: Aug 25, 2014 07:00 PM EDT

Bigger weddings lead to longer-lasting marriages, according to a new study.

New research reveals that couples who exchanged their vows in front of at least 150 people were 52 percent more likely to have more satisfying marriages than those who did it in front of 50 or fewer guests, according to Newser.

"Note, however, this finding is not about spending lots of money on a wedding party-it's about having a good number of friends and family in your corner," W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project and a professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, told the Christian Post.

The latest study involved more than 418 people under the age of 40, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Participants were asked questions about their level of "marital happiness, confiding in one another, believing things are going well in the relationship and thoughts of divorce," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Researchers found that participants with fewer sexual partners before marriage scored higher in marital satisfaction than those who amassed more sexual partners.

"More experience may increase one's awareness of alternative partners," researchers wrote in the study. "A strong sense of alternatives is believed to make it harder to maintain commitment to, and satisfaction with, what one already has."

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