Monday 26 June 2017

1,056 same-sex couples tied knot in 2016 as more are walking down aisle

The most popular date for opposite-sex couples to marry is Saturday, July 30. Stock picture
The most popular date for opposite-sex couples to marry is Saturday, July 30. Stock picture
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

More than 1,000 same-sex couples exchanged vows in 2016 - a year after the historic marriage equality referendum.

Of these, 606 were male unions and 450 female, according to a report from the Central Statistics Office.

There were 22,626 marriages and civil partnerships overall in 2016.

This is an increase of 601 marriages and equates to a marriage rate of 4.8 per 1,000 of the population.

There were 21,570 opposite-sex marriages in 2016.

The CSO reports that July is the most popular month for heterosexual marriages, while same-sex couples prefer September.

Sunday is the least popular day for weddings to take place. Just 504 (2.3pc) opposite-sex couples and 30 (2.8pc) same-sex couples got married on a Sunday.

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Friday and Saturday are the most popular days of the week for opposite-sex couples to get married, with 14,924, or 69.2pc, of marriages occurring on those days.

The most popular date for opposite-sex couples to marry is Saturday, July 30.

Friday, July 29, was the most popular date for same-sex marriages in 2016 with 17 (1.6pc) marriages occurring on that day.

The average age that couples choose to exchange vows continues to increase.

The average age of grooms in opposite-sex marriages was 35.7 years, 0.4 years more than the average age of grooms in 2015.

In the past 50 years, the average age of grooms decreased from 29 years in 1966 to a low of 26.2 years in 1977 and increased to a high of 35.7 years in 2016.

A similar trend is evident for brides with the average age decreasing from 25.7 in 1966 to 24 in 1977 and increasing to a high of 33.8 in 2016.

The average age of couples in same-sex marriages in 2016 was 40.7 years.

The average age of male partners in same-sex marriages was 40.5 and the average age of female partners was slightly higher at 41.

While numbers attending Mass may be dwindling, the number of people opting for religious ceremonies and services remains high.

In 2016, religious ceremonies accounted for 64.8pc of all marriages.

There were 12,140 (53.7pc) Catholic marriage ceremonies, 372 (1.6pc) Church of Ireland ceremonies, The Spiritualist Union of Ireland performed 1,038 (4.6pc) ceremonies and 1,104 (4.9pc) couples opted for other religious ceremonies.

The majority of non-religious ceremonies were civil marriages with 28.5pc (6,438) of all marriages; the remaining 1,534 (6.8pc) couples had Humanist ceremonies.

Irish Independent

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