After over a decade together, Erika finally said yes.
We didn’t plan out the Vegas trip to get married – we were there for a couple of concerts. Years ago, Erika had said we were allowed to get married if we happened to be in Vegas, but we couldn’t go to Vegas specifically to get married. On this trip, we went through a few jewelry stores, and Tiffany had discontinued the ring she liked a few years back. That must have been the thing that pushed her over the edge – she promptly went looking for any of them left in stock at other Tiffany stores (I think there’s one on every Vegas block.) She got lucky – one was left at Bellagio – and that was that.
Our el-cheapo wedding and our long dating period bodes well for our marriage. A recent study by Emory University found that:
- Dating for more than 3 years before marriage = 39% less likely to divorce
- Spent less than $1k on the wedding = 53% less likely to divorce (I’m not counting the ring in the cost of the wedding, but I’m not sure if the study works that way)
- Household income over $125k = 51% less likely to divorce
Based on that, we’re set for life. Whew.