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Wedding Celebrant Marriage in Ireland – Interesting 2017 Trends

Nov 17, 2018

Wedding Celebrants in Ireland – Marriage in Ireland – 2017 Trends.

On the 29th March 2018 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, using various ceremony types, traditional church, civil humanist solemniser and spiritual solemniser.


Let’s explore the details behind the 22,0212 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).

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Of the 22,021 weddings in 2017 there were 759 were same sex marriages, and 21,262 opposite sex marriages in Ireland all chosing different wedding celebrants and humanist solemniser.

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 Tuesday.

Opposite sex couples favour the high summer months August, and same sex couples were the same. 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 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?

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There are so many ways to get betrothed nowadays and so many wedding celebrants and solemnisers to chose from, but it seems that a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony is still a popular choice. Of all opposite sex couples less than half (50.9% – 11,219 couples) opted for a Roman Catholic ceremony. The next most popular for opposite sex couples proved to be civil ceremonies (with 29.1% – just over a quarter, opting for this) then Humanist solemniser followed by Spiritual Solemniser..

More contemporary ceremonies are also on the rise – with more opposite sex couples choosing Humanist and Spiritualist Union of Ireland ceremonies as their wedding celebrant 1,616 of all opposite sex couples selected a Humanist wedding in 2019 and 1,083 went for a Spiritual Union of Ireland Ceremony as their wedding celebrant.

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

Spiritual Ceremonies have year on year been the increasing choice for couples getting married.  Our team of highly professional wedding celebrants and solemniser create ceremonies for each of our couples that reflect them as a couple.

At Spiritual Ceremonies we pride ourselves on our dedication to these events since 2010;  travelling the length and breadth of the country, from Cork to Donegal, seven days a week, creating memories, through our ceremonies on those special days. Our team cover the 32 counties on the island of Ireland.

Consisting of a large team of Registered Solemniser all of whom can perform the Legal Element of a Wedding and this in incredibly important because some Celebrants in the public domain cannot perform the Legal Element and advise that it cannot be done on the same day, which of course it can. In fact one of our Celebrants performed the first legal outdoor Wedding Ceremony in Ireland in April 2011 and the first Same Sex Marriage under the religious section following the Referendum in May 2015.

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