From the OC Register:
An increase in the number of marriages is often an indicator of the economy, particularly the job market, picking up, said Judith Treas, professor of sociology and Director of the Center for Demographic and Social Analysis at UC Irvine. “People always feel they need money to get married so they can spring $2,000 or $20,000 for the ring, get their own place, have that dream wedding, a romantic honeymoon and a bridal suite at the Hyatt,” she said. “It all costs money.”

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