this would defeat the purpose for those going for merits...not to mention, the +1000 happy really doesnt make that much of a difference anymore now that peoples stats are high enough, and their 4500 happy Private Islands do it justice.
But i guess, there are people here that try to find fun in this game, besides what this game was designed to played as. And to those people, i have to give them credit.
Back on topic. This would neither effect me positively, and since i cant see myself marrying anyone anytime soon, i cant see this effecting me negatively. If people pick the high priced marriages, that would throw money into the system, which i am all for. (more for me anyway!!! ) if my vote counts at all, which it doesnt, i would be all for this idea.
and what about roommates? has that been addressed? what if two guys, or two girlss, just want to share a house. Can we have a Just Shack up button, or Roommate button.. with no benefits except sharing the house maybe.
By reloading the bonus every 250 days. The merits you get for being together for over 250 days wouldn't be worth it if you could afford to just do the large wedding every 250 days. The happy bonus alone is worth the money you would pay. Plus it would be a MAJOR exploit for factions to just have a marriage every so often when on a training break. It wouldn't matter who the couple was since they don't have to stay together after the happy bonus has expired. Lots of members would get a happy bonus to help train.
On a side note I would love it if clothing items provided something other than just defense. I'm not so keen on wearing a tuxedo all of the time, but I do want the happy bonus.
Oh and one last thing I think this idea could spawn a new stock, or even a new company type as I think someone should be able to capitalize on the massive influx in wedding ceremonies around TC.