If you are 100% sure your marriage is going to last forever, you may be in luck! According to an article published on the Washington Post, SwanLuv, a new Seattle startup, is ready to hand out as much as $10,000 to couples to help pay for their wedding! Of course, there is a catch… If you EVER end up divorcing, you will have to pay it all back WITH interest. The numbers are in the company’s favour, though, with about 40 per cent of marriages ending in divorce according to recent stats.
Now that sounds a little like you’d be betting on your marriage to work and isn’t it just a tad wrong for a company to be earning money from your potential heartbreak? After all, it’s not like ANYBODY goes into a marriage thinking they are going to get divorced in a couple of years! Scott Avy, the cofounder of the company, claims their intentions are pure. “Swans, they mate for life,” Avy told the Washington Post. “That’s what we’re trying to get behind, everlasting marriage.”
If this deal works for you and you sign up, you and your partner will have to take a compatibility test and based on your results, an interest rate will be set for you! If your marriage lasts, you will never have to pay it back! If you are totally against this deal because you think the company is attempting to profit from your potential heartbreak; I hear ya girl! SwanLuv does claim that the money they will earn from divorces will be put back into the system and used to help other couples who sign up. “We’re not forcing anyone to sign up,” Avy told The Washington Post. “The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I’ve gotten hundreds of emails telling me how meaningful this is.”
Now you may be enticed to sign right up especially considering how expensive weddings are these days! Before you do, really think about it! Who wants something like this weighing on their heads for years to come? First off, finding that one special person is hard enough and taking money from a company that has based its entire business model on divorce is quite disheartening. Plus, DIVORCE is hard. It’s not a fun process. Nothing should make it harder.
This situation reminds me of a couple sharing the news of their engagement with their friends and family and some of them (cough, cough) disapproving. They just don’t feel your “marriage will last”. Obviously you are going to be furious at them. Would you accept money from them on the condition that if your marriage didn’t last, you’d have to pay them back? If the first thing that came to mind was “no” then you have your answer.
“Marriage is not 50-50; divorce is 50-50. Marriage has to be 100-100. It isn’t dividing everything in half, but giving everything you’ve got!” – DaveWillis.org