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Five Fascinating Facts about Marriage

Written by    Last updated: July 29, 2014

Did you know there is a wedding ceremony performed every two minutes in the UK? Here are five more fascinating facts about marriage courtesy of the Office of National Statistics.

Number of marriages from the ONS

1. Number of marriages

There was an increase in marriages in 2012, with 262,240 taking place, which is up 5.3% from 2011 when there were 249,133.

Marriage ceremonies stats from the ONS

2. Civil vs religious ceremonies

Civil ceremonies accounted for 70% of all marriages in 2012. The proportion of marriages that were civil ceremonies first exceeded religious ceremonies in 1976.

Civil and religious ceremonies by the ONS

3. First marriages and remarriages

67% (175,040) of all marriages were first marriages for both partners 15% of all marriages (38,320) were remarriages for both parties and 19% (48,880) were to couples where only one partner had been married previously.

First marriages and remarriages statistics by the ONS

4. Age of bride and groom

The greatest number of marriages were for men and women aged 25 to 29.

Ages of brides and grooms statistics by the ONS

5. Mature brides and grooms

The largest percentage increase in the number of marriages was for men and women aged 65 to 69, rising by 25% and 21% respectively.

Find more facts about weddings in 2014 from your surveyed answers in The Confetti Wedding Report.

This article was written by

Kate Thompson
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.