Forget the research, our wedding was worth every cent
HANNAH Ferguson couldn't wipe the smile off her face as she and husband, Colin, clinked their champagne flutes to the beginning of married life.
It was their wedding day; a day full of priceless memories the Rockhampton woman will never forget.
Hannah, 22, said all up her wedding cost $20,000 and was worth every cent.
The couple marked the start of their life together with 85 of their closest family and friends.
"We did have a $15,000 budget," Hannah said.
"Our family and friends told us we would go over budget, which we did, but we actually over-saved and came out with $2000 left over which was nice."
A new study has found that the more people spend on their wedding the higher the chance of a divorce.
The US study, by Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon from Emory University in Atlanta, claimed couples who spent more than $23,000 (US$20,000) were 3.5 times more likely to split.
While Hannah doesn't buy into the study's findings, she does see how going into a high level of debt would impact a relationship.
"The only link I could see is the cost of the 'dream' wedding in contrast to the income of the couple," she said.
"If your wedding is leaving you in a gaping hole of debt before you even begin married life then of course there is going to be stress on the relationship."
Hannah, a registered nurse who has enrolled to do further study, said she and Colin, a future engineering student, were as happy now as on their wedding day a couple of months ago and she was confident their love would endure.
The couple married at Our Lady's Chapel and had the reception at Reef Palms, Zilzie Bay.
The wedding cake: $380
The wedding dress: $2600