Marriage on Increase as Church Services Fall; STATISTICS: More Older Couples Tie the Knot but Tradition Gets Thumbs-Down

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Marriage on Increase as Church Services Fall; STATISTICS: More Older Couples Tie the Knot but Tradition Gets Thumbs-Down


Byline: CATRIN WILLIAMS

WEDDING bells are sounding out across the nation as more and more people vow to love and honour from this day forward.

Welsh couples - a little older than usual - are taking the plunge and getting married in numbers not seen since 1992.

There were 267,961 marriages in England and Wales in 2000, up 2pc from 263,515 in 1999, a report from the Office for National Statistics reveals.

Religious marriages, however, dropped by 2pc during the period, leaving just 36pc of marriages now heard in a place of worship.

This is a marked fall from 1990, when more than half of marriages were solemnised in a religious ceremony.

More people are marrying away from churches and register offices, with 17pc of all weddings in 2000 in "approved premises". These include hotels and stately homes licensed by local authorities since the Marriage Act's go-ahead in 1994.

Denise Knowles, a relationship counsellor with Relate, said, "Religion is always going to be important to people and everyone is going to have a belief.

But now there is a chance for people who do not commit to a religion to commit to each other in a way that is very personal.

"We are now able to get married in so many different locations. Couples can make it very, very personal.

It can be as unique as they feel their relationship is."

Sion Brynach, spokesman for the Church in Wales, said no matter what the location, it was important for couples to remember that "passionate commitment" was the ultimate key to a successful marriage.

He said, "After all, the key point in relation to weddings is that they should not just be seen as a 'consumer product' but rather as a public declaration of the commitment of a couple to one another."

Ms Knowles agreed, adding that an increasing number of people tied the knot in 2000 because they saw it as an ideal way to celebrate the millennium.

"And there is a lot more focus on family life and relationships generally, " she said.

The adviser felt this trend would continue through to figures for 2002, as the aftermath of September 11 unveils the full scale of its emotional impact.

"People are perhaps looking in greater detail at what their relationship means to them and whether to make a more public commitment. …

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