A new report has revealed that an unusual amount of couples end up splitting after they tie the knot on Valentine’s Day.
Couples that marry on the 14 February, the day most commonly associated with love and romance, are up to 36 per cent more likely to divorce than those who marry on any other day, the report found.
Researchers at the University of Melbourne say it is less about the day itself, but rather the choice of date that sets these couples apart.
Their work, which is the first to explore wedding dates in association with divorce, found that couples who wed on “ordinary” days are more influenced by the characteristics of their relationships and their compatibility than couples who marry on special dates.
And it is the lack of these characteristics, the researchers say, that make them more prone to divorce.
“People who got married on special dates were more likely to have been married before and more likely to have children already,” said Professor David Ribar.
Dr Jan Kabátek, a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, added: “We also found that spouses who married on special dates were less alike, in terms of education and ages, than spouses who married on ordinary dates.”
They found that 21 per cent of couples which married on Valentine’s Day were divorced by their ninth anniversary, compared to just 16 per cent of ordinary date couples.
They also found that quirky dates, such as Valentine’s Day, are exceedingly popular with couples, with up to five times more weddings than on comparable “ordinary” days.