Monday 11 November 2019

Fall in marriage rates as couples say ‘I do’ later in life

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

IRISH couples are saying “I do” later in life, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

And the number of couples getting married has fallen yet again.

The average age of brides walking down the aisle in 2010 was 32 while her groom was 34. In 1994, brides were on average aged 27 while grooms were 29.

The CSO reported that 20,594 marriages were registered in 2010, down from 21,627 a year earlier. The 2010 marriage rate was the lowest in the state since 1998.

The vast majority of marriage ceremonies are still Catholic (67pc), followed by civil marriages (29pc) and Church of Ireland (2pc). The remaining marriages are made up of Presbyterian, Methodist, Jewish and other ceremonies.

The summer is still the most popular time of year to tie the knot with July the most popular month to get hitched in 2010. Some 13pc of all weddings that year took place in July.

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