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Brides and grooms, now in their mid to late 30s, are tying themselves in the race down the aisle in the post-pandemic wedding boom

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Brides and grooms are aging as they finally walk down the aisle in a post-pandemic wedding boom.

The number of marriages celebrated last year rose 81% compared to 2020, when the ongoing Covid lockdowns forced many couples to postpone their weddings.

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the median age for brides walking down the aisle is now 35.4, while grooms are typically 37.4 before they say I do.

In same-sex marriages, the median age of men and women is 40.1 years.

While the number of marriages celebrated in 2021 was up 81% from 2020, it was still down 15% from 2019 when there were 20,313 marriages, reflecting the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.

A total of 17,217 marriages took place in Ireland in 2021, including 500 same-sex marriages.

Figures show that the most popular form of marriage for couples is still a Catholic marriage at 40 percent, followed by a civil marriage at 34 percent.

For same-sex couples, civil marriage was the most popular choice (66 percent), while 8.3 percent of all same-sex marriages and 13.6 percent of all same-sex marriages in 2021 chose a humanistic marriage ceremony.

Statistician Gerard Doolan said the popularity of Catholic and civil ceremonies has declined since 2014, when they accounted for 87 percent of all marriages.

August and September are the most popular months for same-sex marriages, while September and July were the most popular months for same-sex ceremonies. January was the least favorite month for all couples to tie the knot.

Friday and Saturday remain the most popular days for tying the knot among opposite-sex couples, while Friday followed by Thursday were the most popular days for same-sex couples.

Sundays and Tuesdays were the least popular days of the week to get married for all couples.

https://www.independent.ie/news/brides-and-grooms-now-in-their-mid-to-late-30s-tying-knot-amid-race-to-the-altar-in-post-pandemic-wedding-boom-41600241.html Brides and grooms, now in their mid to late 30s, are tying themselves in the race down the aisle in the post-pandemic wedding boom

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