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9 facts about marriages

Find out about marriages in England and Wales in 2012

 

1. There was one marriage every two minutes in 2012.

 

2. There was an increase in marriages in 2012, with 262,2401 taking place. This was a 5.3% increase from 2011 when there were 249,133.

1 Provisional figures

 

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

 

4. 60% (156,480) of marriages took place in approved premises such as hotels, stately homes and historic buildings.

 

5. 67% (175,0401) of all marriages were first marriages for both partners.

1 Figure was corrected from 174,040 at 14:30 on 16 June 2014

 

6. 15% of all marriages (38,320) were remarriages for both parties and 19% (48,8801) were to couples where only one partner had been married previously.

1 Figure was corrected from 44,880 at 14:30 on 16 June 2014 

 

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

 

8. The mean age at marriage was 36.5 years for men and 34.0 years for women.

 

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

   

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