Relational unions in England and Wales fall by 8.6% in 2013

The quantity of individuals getting hitched in England and Wales fell in 2013 interestingly since 2009, as indicated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

There were 240,854 relational unions in 2013, a drop of somewhere in the range of 8.6% contrasted and 2012, the ONS said.

Elizabeth McLaren, ONS analyst, said the fall could be the continuation of the decrease in relational unions since 1972.

It could likewise be because of superstitious couples putting off to maintain a strategic distance from the number 13, she said.

Religious functions diminished by 14%, while common services declined by 6% in 2013, contrasted and 2012.

Common functions represented 72% of all relational unions in 2013.


Ms McLaren said that, dissimilar to different developments in life, for example, births and passings, individuals have outright control over when they get married.

“When you have the opportunity to pick there are most likely certain dates you may stay away from, similar to Friday thirteenth and that kind of thing,” she said.

“It will enthusiasm to see whether this is a piece of a long haul decay or on the off chance that it will change once more.”

Holly Tootill, a family legal advisor with JMW Solicitors, concurred that superstition may have had impact in the decline in the quantity of couples wedding amid 2013

“I for one know of a few people who had intentionally chosen to wed a year later as opposed to chance conflicting with the grain of superstition.

“As far as I can tell, it’s not uncommon for good fortune, fortune and signs to include in how couples divorce and additionally marry in spite of the fact that I need to say that such matters are for the most part not considered needs for the greater part of individuals spending whatever is left of their lives together.”

Love birds are likewise keeping on getting more seasoned, with men a mean age of 36.7 when they stroll down the path and ladies are by and large 34.3 years of age.

What’s more, there has been an ascent in relational unions among retired people, fuelled by ladies getting hitched in their later years.

In the decade since 2003 there has been a 33% expansion in the marriage rate for ladies matured 65 and over, evading the general pattern of decay.

The marriage rate for men matured 65 and over just rose by 2% over the same period.

Relational unions of same sex couples first occurred on 29 March 2014, so were excluded in the insights.