Marriage in Ireland – 2017 Trends.

On the 28th March 2017 the Central Statistics Office (CSO) released the Marriages 2017 report. Providing an interesting overview of the latest wedding related trends, the report presents the facts on opposite sex and same sex weddings.

 

Let’s explore the details behind the 22,021 weddings that took place here in Ireland in 2017. Statistician Carol Anne Hennessy informs us that this equates to a crude marriage rate of 4.6 per 1000 (number of marriages registered during the calendar year per 1000 estimated population within a set area).

 

Who Tied the Knot in 2017?

Of the 22,021 weddings in 2017 there were 759 were same sex marriages, and 21,262 opposite sex marriages in Ireland.

 

When Did Couples Tie the Knot?

Weekends are preferred by opposite sex couples – with Friday and Saturday proving very popular. Same sex couples opted for a Thursday or Friday wedding. Neither same sex or opposite sex couples seem to particularly like the idea of getting hitched on a Sunday or Monday.

 

Opposite sex couples favour the high summer months of July and August, whereas same sex couples like the idea of a late summer affair, choosing a September wedding. Not many couples entertain the prospect of a winter celebration, January and February were the least popular months for both opposite sex and same sex couples to get betrothed.

 

At What Age Did Couples Tie the Knot?

The report concludes that the average age of a bride and groom entering into an opposite sex marriage continues to rise – with the groom averaging 36.1 years (the highest age to date) and the bride averaging 34.1 years. The age of those entering into same sex marriage was generally higher, with grooms averaging 40.3 years and brides averaging 40.5 years.

 

 

How Did Couples Tie the Knot?

There are so many ways to get betrothed nowadays, but it seems that a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony is still a popular choice. Of all opposite sex couples over half (52.8% – 11,219 couples) opted for a Roman Catholic ceremony. The next most popular for opposite sex couples proved to be civil ceremonies (with 27.7% – just over a quarter, opting for this). More contemporary ceremonies are also on the rise – with more opposite sex couples choosing Humanist and Spiritualist Union of Ireland ceremonies. 1,616 of all opposite sex couples selected a Humanist wedding in 2017 and 1,083 went for a Spiritual Union of Ireland Ceremony.

 

Same sex couples opted mainly for civil marriage ceremonies with over two-thirds selecting to tie the knot with this type of service. Of the other couples 111 chose a Humanist ceremony and 76 decided to get hitched with a Spiritual Union of Ireland ceremony.