A further four in 10 also admitted they had doubts before they walked down the aisle.
The study of over 1,600 divorced Brits commissioned by Slater and Gordon found that instead of enjoying their big day, Brits were struggling with pre-wedding jitters –one in five (21 per cent) were nervous about their future, with one in 10 admitting to have felt physically sick before taking the plunge into married life.
Although a quarter (24 per cent) said they discussed their fears that the marriage wouldn’t work in advance of the ceremony, mostly with a close friend or their mother, almost everyone (96 per cent) did not discuss what would happen if the relationship ended.
Most Brits went ahead with the wedding despite their doubts with the assumption that it would just work out (48 per cent), while some thought it was too late to pull out (33 per cent), and others (16 per cent) felt pressure from their family to go through with it.
Many divorced Brits (47 per cent) also wrongly assumed that a quick divorce would be easy to arrange, with two in five (40 per cent) admitting they had no idea that their spouse would have claim on their assets if the union lasted for less than a year.
Looking back, nearly 40 per cent of divorced Brits regret their decision to go ahead with the marriage.