It's fair to say that marriages have changed a lot in the last decades. Either trends, culture and society are completely different nowadays from what it was just thirty years ago. Today we can get married in the middle of a beautiful forest, in a stunning cathedral or in your local registry and nobody would disagree or run you down... well, there is always that somebody 😜.
Last week I was thinking about it and I took a look at the Office for National Statistics' website. I wanted to see how marriages have changed during the last years and I found some interesting data, but they've goy only data until 2012 (shocking knowing that 2016 is almost here), so let me walk you thought the numbers!
THE NUMBER OF MARRIAGES HAVE DECREASED
First, I needed to know how many marriages are celebrated per year, and as you can see in the graph below during the last decade the number of weddings have increased slightly from 2009 to 2012. However, in 1981 there were almost 120.000 marriages more that in 2009, shocking bearing in mind that the population is increasing substantially each year.
Total marriages per year in England and Wales
HOW DO WE GET MARRIED?
CIVIL OR RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES
I knew that religious marriages are decreasing each year but I didn't know how much. And it's surprising to see that in 2012 43% of marriages were religious. That is a 56,5% decrease from 1981, when the manner of solemnisation of 50,9% of all weddings were religious.
Civil Ceremonies vs Religious Ceremonies
MANNER OF SOLEMNISATION OF RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES
In the following pie chart you can see the different manners of solemnisation of weddings celebrated during 2012 in England and Wales. The majority of them were Anglican, 74,2% of them while the 10,83% were Catholic. Other Christian denominations represent a 11,16% and other creeds as Jews, Muslims and Sikh represent a 3,74%.
Manner of solemnisation in 2012 (England and Wales)
APPROVED AND NON-APPROVED PREMISES
Well, the following pie it's tricky for me because I don't understand the shown data. I'm posting it because I would love to some reader tell me what it means... As far as I know you cannot get married in non-approved premises so, what's is this all about? 14,9% of the marriages in 2012 took place in non-approved venues? Please, please, please, if you know the answer comment below in the comments section at the end of the post. I would really appreciate it!
Civil ceremonies in 2012: Approved premises vs non-approved (England and Wales)
PREVIOUS MARITAL STATUS
This section is also very interesting. The data shows that 66,74% of couples married in 2012 were not married before. Couples which one of the members were married before represent a 18,64% and finally, 14,61% of couples were married before.
Previous marital status %, 2012 (England and Wales)
HOW OLD ARE WE WHEN WE GET MARRIED?
Here not many surprises, the majority of people get married at 20-39 years old, representing the 70,42% in 2012.
Age at marriage in 2012 (England and Wales)
- The number of religious ceremonies have decreased significantly from 1981 whilst civil ceremonies are increasing in number each year from 2009.
- Religious ceremonies are mainly Anglican in England and Wales.
- The majority of people getting married were not married before.
- The preferred age to get married is between 20 and 39.
Source: Office for National Statistics (www.ons.gov.uk)
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