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Over Two Thirds of All Marriages in 2012 Were First Time Marriages

Information released by the Office of National Statistics reveals that 67% (175,040) of all marriages that took place in the UK in 2012 were first time marriages for both parties.

Whilst over two thirds of couples who said ‘I do’ in 2014 were doing it for the first time, for nearly one marriage in five (19%) it was the second time down the aisle for one half of the couple. This accounted for 48,880 couples.

A further 15% (38,320) of couples were both remarrying.

The number of marriages where it was the first time for both partners peaked in 1940 – 91% (426,100) were first timers!

The amount of couples marrying for the first time has gradually increased since 1996, rising by 9.1 percentage points, whilst weddings that involved one or both parties who have married before has declined since 1996, falling by 4.6%.

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Information from the Office of National Statistics

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