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ONS Figures Reveal Rise In Marriages In England And Wales

Research Also Identifies Increase In Older Couples Tying The Knot


Official figures have revealed that the number of marriages held in England and Wales in 2012 rose by 5.3 per cent from the previous 12 months.

The research from the Office of National Statistics revealed that 262,240 marriages were held across the year analysed, with civil ceremonies accounting for 70 per cent of all weddings which took place in the period.

It was also revealed that while the greatest number of marriages was for men and women aged 25 to 29, the largest percentage increase in marriages was for men and women between 65 to 69 – with the increase being by 25 per cent and 21 per cent respectively.

The figures also found that the number of marriages ending in divorce remained high at 42 per cent.

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