Couples are now waiting until later in life to tie the knot, according to the Central Statistics Office. A breakdown of registered marriages throughout 2018 has found the average age of a bride is now 34.4 – and this rises to 36.4 years for a groom in opposite-sex marriages. The age for grooms is now the oldest on record, according to the CSO. The age for same-sex grooms was much higher at 40.1 years. The comparable age for women in a same-sex marriage was 38.7. The CSO revealed that more than a quarter of opposite-sex couples opted for a civil marriage over the past year. Humanist ceremonies are rising in popularity but a Roman Catholic ceremony is the prevailing popular choice for 49pc of opposite-sex marriages – or 10,027 couples. However, the number of couples who have opted for marriage in a Roman Catholic church is falling significantly, down 2,894 from five years ago. In 2018, religious ceremonies accounted for 61.2pc of all marriages – these included Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Methodist, Jewish and Spiritualist Union of Ireland. Civil marriage ceremonies accounted for almost two-thirds of opposite-sex marriages, or 62.8pc. Unsurprisingly, the warmer months of June, July and… Read full this story
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