The number of marriages between men and women has fallen to a new record low, according to official figures.

Between 2014 and 2015, 8,300 fewer heterosexual marriages took place – a fall of 3.4%.

Although there’s been a gradual long-term decline in the numbers of people getting hitched since the 1970s, that’s not the case across the board. The number of weddings involving men over 50 has increased, as well as for women aged between 35 and 39, and over 45.

For both sexes, the largest drop in marriages has been seen among the under 20s – with a 66% reduction for women and 56 for men. These days, the average age of women marrying men is 35.1 (up from 34.6) and for men marrying women, it’s 38-years-old.

Wedding confetti bride and groom laughing.

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It’s hardly surprising that fewer folks are getting married, considering that the cost of weddings has been rising year on year.



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