Rise of the older bride: Average age for women to walk down the aisle is now over 35

Mar 1, 2018 by

By Steve Doughty, Daily Mail:

Women are waiting longer than ever to wed – with the average age passing 35 for the first time, it emerged yesterday.

The odds of couples tying the knot at all have also fallen to their lowest level in more than 150 years, with the idea of marrying falling out of favour among the young.

Only four in ten brides were under 30 in England and Wales in 2015, the Office for National Statistics revealed.

Of couples who do get hitched, nearly nine in ten lived together beforehand.

The findings led to calls for the Government to encourage more couples to marry, and to try to limit sky-high break-up rates among unmarried families.

Commentators said a generation of women face growing pressure as they try to maintain careers, pay mortgages, marry and raise children in their thirties and forties.

The ONS figures showed there were 239,020 marriages of opposite-sex couples in 2015, a fall of 3.4 per cent on the previous year.

The number was even 0.8 per cent down on 2013 – the year when many couples are thought to have postponed their weddings to avoid any connection with the number 13.

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