Most of the people who faced problems within two years of their marriage had borrowed large sums of money to foot their wedding bills, reported Utusan Malaysia.
According to a study by Universiti Putra Malaysia Human Ecology Faculty, 37 per cent of the 549 people surveyed complained of money problems within the first two years of their marriage.
UPM Assoc Prof Dr Rumaya Juhari's research revealed that couples failed to plan their finances for the future and were following a worrying trend of borrowing money for their wedding.
"I am worried about couples who owe up to between RM25,000 (S$9,440) and RM35,000 just to pay for a wedding reception which lasts only for a day or two," she said.
Newlyweds, she said, should be enjoying a "honeymoon" phase in the first two years of their marriage but were instead plagued by financial worries.
"Mistakes in managing money could threaten the relationship between husband and wife, ultimately causing the marriage to break apart," she said.
Dr Rumaya advised those planning to get married to discuss with their in-laws to ensure that the wedding costs fall within their means.