The average age of brides in Northern Ireland (NI) has risen to 32 while the average for men getting married is now 34, according to new figures. The details were released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).
NISRA said both brides and grooms are now, on average, 5 years older than their counterparts 2 decades ago. The figures also revealed that one third of all NI weddings were civil ceremonies, an all-time high.
A total of 8,400 marriages in Northern Ireland last year. Of that, 2,700 were civil, or non-religious, ceremonies.
NISRA also recorded just over 2,300 divorces among couples in Northern Ireland last year. The average age at which couples got divorced last year was 46 for men and 44 for women and the average length of a marriage ending in divorce was 18 years.
The most popular day to get married last year was Saturday, 27 August. Just over 100 couples got married in Northern Ireland on that date.