Cost of a marriage: This is how the Germans think about money and love

Only live on air and love? For many couples, the romance ends when planning the wedding: dress, carriage and cook do not pay for themselves after all. But do the Germans even want to close the bond of marriage? What do you pay for the best day of your life? And how do couples regulate their financial affairs after the wedding? On behalf of CosmosDirekt, the polling institute forsa asked unmarried, married and divorced people about marriage, divorce and finances. 1 This fact check summarizes the most important results.

Every second single person can imagine marrying – one important reason is the finances
• The majority of single Germans (57 percent) can imagine marrying.
• The majority of these “willing to marry” (89 percent) would be married mainly for romance and love, while 56 percent see a pragmatic wedding pragmatic: For them, financial or tax benefits are an important reason to in front of the altar to step.

Buffet, Band, Wedding Dress: How much is a wedding?
• A majority of unmarried Germans (64 percent) estimate that a wedding costs more than 5,000 euros.
• In fact, only one in five married couples (22 percent) spent over 5,000 euros on the festival.
• Twenty-two percent of the married couple also had their wedding cost up to € 1,000.
• 45 percent of the spouses took something deeper into their pockets and paid between 1,000 and 5,000 euros.

For one third, most of the bridal parents pay the feast
• 69 percent of respondents have paid their wedding mainly with their savings.
• For every third couple (33 percent), the party was largely funded by the bride’s parents.
• In 22 percent of the respondents, the groom’s parents took over a major part of the bills.

Only bares are true – this is especially true for the wedding gift
• 72 percent of the unmarried would be most happy about wedding gifts.
• At least one in two (52 percent) would like to see creative personal gifts such as crafts or photo collages on the gift table.
• Household items, on the other hand, are less suitable than wedding gifts: in particular, just 15 percent of those surveyed want mixers, vacuum cleaners & Co. to marry.

Shared life, shared accounts
• Every second German couple (50 percent) shares an account.
• For 15 percent, however: Shared life, but separate accounts.
• One in three (34 percent) does not commit financially after the marriage: they use both shared and separate accounts.

In love, engaged, married, divorced – and yet half as bad
• Clean Separation: For the majority of divorced people (76 percent), financial disputes did not play a big role in the divorce.
• For 36 percent, it looked worse after divorce in the bank account – whether for the loss of savings (50 percent), the abandonment of the house or apartment (48 percent) or because of maintenance payments (37 percent).
• For a further 36 percent, the financial situation did not change as a result of the divorce.
• Nearly a quarter of those divorced (24 percent) were financially even better after the separation.