I just received this interesting press release that looked at marriage customs in the UK and it’s been found that getting married in a church is still very much ‘in’. The interviewees were all in the 20-60 age range and it was found that 60% had chosen a traditional church wedding, 30% went for the registry office route with 4% opting for a licenced hotel and 6% choosing another venue such as a beach wedding abroad or a stately home. It was also interesting to note that the church weddings popularity declined the older the couple got – 69% of couples in their 20s as opposed to 41% in the 50plus age range.
I’ve included the full press release after the turn.
Press Release: Getting married in a church is still the preferred wedding choice, according to the results of a survey released today. Although this is the picture across the majority of the country, couples in the South seem to be bucking the trend as they are just as likely to choose a civil ceremony.
In a nationwide survey of 20-60 year olds, 60% had chosen a traditional church wedding leaving civil ceremonies trailing. 30% chose registry offices and only 10% opted for a licensed venue such as a hotel.
The results also showed that the younger the person the more likely he/she was to marry in a church, with 66% of those in their 20s and 30s versus only 50% of those over 40.
By region, those in Northern Ireland were the most likely to marry in a church with those in the South the least likely.
Kevin McNamee, of Wedding Invitation UK who commissioned the survey, says: “We noticed that many of our customers were ordering their wedding stationery with traditional wording rather than the more informal words favoured for civil ceremonies. But these results really surprised me. It just goes to show that when it comes to weddings, the more traditional approach is still what couples want.”