While anyone who is married could tell you it isn’t all steak dinners and roses, marriage has gotten a surprisingly bad rap lately. The rate of marriage is at it’s lowest in 150 years for a number of reasons, but there are still many advantages to tying the knot. If you’re thinking about making the walk down the aisle (or into city hall), you may be interested in learning about these surprising benefits to being married.

It makes you richer

Being married has many financial benefits, including a number of tax breaks, but it also may actually make you richer. A survey-based study in the Journal of Sociology revealed that “married respondents experience per person net worth increases of 77 percent over single respondents.” Married people also gained significantly more wealth than divorced people. So while throwing a wedding might be expensive, marriage may still be a financially savvy decision.

There are better tax benefits

You may know there are tax benefits to being married, but what you may not realize is how many different tax benefits there are to saying “I do.” Filing jointly may bring the person who earns more into a lower tax bracket (though for some couples, filing jointly can actually raise their taxes, so if you’re married, talk to an accountant to decide what’s best for you), and married couples get bigger tax breaks than single people in other instances, such as when they sell a house.