You asked

Please could you provide the following information:

  1. The number of British citizens that got married abroad in 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007.

  2. A break down of countries for these marriages abroad, with complete figures.

  3. The comparative figure for the number of marriages in total that took place in the UK for the years mentioned in question 1

We said

Thank you for your request.

Estimates of British citizens that got married abroad, by country;

The figures presented are estimates of UK nationals, resident in the UK, who travelled overseas to get married. The data are presented for 2006 and 2016. The data are not available for 1996; the earliest year for which the estimates are available is 2002.

There are no figures available for marriages of UK nationals resident outside the UK who got married overseas.

The information requested has been supplied using data collected by the International Passenger Survey. This is a continuous survey conducted at all major UK air, sea and tunnel ports and provides reliable estimates of the UK passenger traffic. These tables use data collected from UK residents on their arrival back in the UK. The data is collected from a sample of the UK passenger traffic and then weighted to provide estimates for the total UK passenger traffic. Estimates in these tables are based on small sample sizes and are therefore subject to a margin of uncertainty. They should therefore be treated with caution.

Marriages in the UK;

For the years 2007 to 2013, the figures are available via the ONS website, via the following link:

In 2014 there were 284,624 marriages in the UK.

We do not have any more recent data for marriages for England and Wales or the UK due to the timeliness of marriage statistics - see point 2 in the Quality and Methodology section in the latest bulletin providing figures for England and Wales 2014 at: