Once upon a time, a big engagement ring was the sought-after accessory for many a bride-to-be. But that may change after a new study has revealed that the bigger the bling, the more likely it is that the marriage will fail.

The study, conducted by researchers at Emory University, found that larger engagement rings were linked to divorce later on. For the study, entitled A Diamond is Forever and Other Fairytales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration," researchers surveyed 3,000 U.S. adults who had once been married but were now divorced. They found that men who spent $2,000–$4,000 on an engagement ring were 1.3 times more likely to get divorced than men who spent between $500 and $2,000. 

Lest you think that's a good reason to skip the ring altogether, the survey also found that men who spent less than $500 on a ring also had higher divorce rates. So it seems that a ring that costs between $500 and $2,000 is the key to a happy and long-lasting marriage.

Oh, and about those other wedding expenses...

Researchers also looked at the link between wedding costs and marriage length and found that couples who spent more than $20,000 on a wedding divorced 3.5 times more frequently than those who spent between $5,000 and $10,000.

A big guest list and taking a honeymoon also led to longer marriages.

So if you're thinking about getting married, your best bet is to skimp on the ring and invite all of your friends a family to a simple wedding to share your day. Then haul off on a lavish honeymoon and enjoy a long, happy marriage with your soul mate.

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