This hits on a key distinction between New York City couples and those elsewhere -- whether New York couples are headed for marriage or not, a higher percentage of them end up living together early on because it makes so much financial sense.
This is true especially of younger couples who are struggling to make ends meet.
“I see a huge spectrum of ages when it comes to getting married,” says Chamblin, the wedding planner.
“My clients are usually in their late 20s to mid-30s.
When people get together so young, they tend to not have that stuff in place, and they tend to crack under the pressure and intensity in Manhattan.” “Marriage at a younger age works better in other places in the US because those places are more family-oriented.
“Couples will move in together and get to a level of seriousness and comfort.
Before you know it, it’s been 10 years and then they say, ‘You know what?
We should just get married,’” says Ashley Chamblin, owner and wedding planner at Ashley M Chamblin Events in Brooklyn.
“While this trend is everywhere, it’s happening in New York City more than anywhere else in the country because people live together here before marriage probably more so than anywhere else.
The paltry total of 116,000 weddings held in New York City in 2014 certainly supports Viglucci's argument.