Marriage in 2022

July 18, 2022
Newly-married couple walks off into the sunset

Going To The Chapel

A high-profile celebrity wedding may just prove what some already believe — 2022 is on track to be the busiest year for weddings in nearly two decades!
Why? And Why It Matters!
"Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient."

Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck (aka Jennifer Lopez), 52, on her wedding to actor Ben Affleck, 49, in a Las Vegas chapel this past weekend. The two wed nearly 20 years after their first engagement (rekindling their romance after their past break-up). A 2013 study led by Kansas State University researchers found that "over one-third of cohabiters and one-fifth of spouses have experienced a breakup and
renewal in their current relationship."

“When people started quarantining, they started prioritizing their relationships more.”

Elizabeth Overstreet, relationship
and love coach, on how the pandemic impacted matrimony. In late 2020, researchers from Indiana University found that more than 80% of married couples surveyed said the pandemic increased their feelings of commitment, and more than 70% said it strengthened their union. One industry report predicts approx. 2.5 million weddings are expected in 2022 — the most since 1984 (many of them rescheduled till now due to the pandemic).

Big Picture:

Marriage Decline: In recent years, marriage rates have been steadily declining in the U.S. Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans cohabitating (aka "living together") has risen from 7% to 8% over the past decade.

Divorce Decline: According to the CDC, while 1.6 million marriages occurred in 2020, 630,500+ divorces occurred — a drop compared to the typical 745,000+ annual divorces seen in the past two decades. However, there was likely a backlog in divorce cases during 2020 due to the impacts of COVID-19 on courts across America.

What leads to a successful marriage?

We look forward to your feedback on the secret sauce!

A recent report on marriage from the University of Virginia suggests marrying younger may lead to higher marital satisfaction. But the report also says it can work well when marriage is delayed by individuals who pursue higher education, solid work, financial stability, maturity and commitment to marriage before living together.

It's official, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are married (CNN)

It's a Boom Year for Brides and Grooms (New York Times)

2013 Study led by Kansas State University researchers (Journal of Social and Personal Relationships)

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Marital Quality (Kinsey Institute, Indiana University)

Census Bureau Releases New Estimates on America's Families and Living Arrangements (U.S. Census Bureau)

Marriage and Divorce (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

National Marriage Project: Is Marrying Later Always Better? New Report Says No (University of Pennsylvania)

by Jenna Lee,