Valentine’s Day has been revealed as the worst day of the year to get married.
Marriages held on Valentine’s Day end within five years 11 per cent of the time compared to just eight per cent of the time for marriages held on ordinary dates.
The research carried out by Melbourne University, also found out that one in 10 weddings that occurred on ‘same number dates’, such as 02/02/02, failed within five years.
Dr Jan Kabátek, one of the lead researchers, said: “We found that spouses who married on special dates were less alike, in terms of education and ages than those who married on other dates.
“We also found that Valentine’s Day brides were more likely to be pregnant on their wedding day.”
The study examined data from over 1 million Dutch marriages which took place between 1999 and 2013.
The researchers stated that it is not the date itself which makes a couple more likely to get a divorce – it is what their choice of using a ‘gimmick’ or ‘special number’ date says about the couple.
Lead researcher Professor David Ribar said: “Couples who marry on ordinary dates may be more strongly influenced by characteristics of their relationships and their compatibility than couples who marry on special dates.”