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Press Statement

Preasráiteas

30 April 2021

Press Statement Marriages 2020

The number of marriages celebrated in 2020 more than halved in comparison to 2019
  • Brides and grooms getting older - average age reaching 35.7 years for brides and 37.8 years for grooms in opposite-sex marriages
  • The average age of both male and female in same-sex marriages was 40.0 years
  • Civil marriage ceremonies were the most popular ceremonies for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples in 2020
  • Friday was the most popular day and December was the most popular month to wed for heterosexual couples

Go to release: Marriages 2020

The CSO has today (30 April 2021) published Marriages 2020, with data compiled from the marriage registration forms of all marriages registered in Ireland in 2020. 

Commenting on the report, Carol Anne Hennessy, Statistician, said: “There were 9,523 marriages in Ireland in 2020 including 314 same-sex marriages. This equates to a crude (unadjusted) marriage rate of 1.9 per 1,000 population. The number of marriages celebrated in 2020 fell by 53.1% from 2019, reflecting the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.

Although the average age of grooms in an opposite-sex marriage was at its highest to date at 37.8 years, the average age of men in a same-sex marriage was higher at 40.0 years. The average age of brides in an opposite-sex marriage was 35.7 in 2020, while the comparable age for women in a same-sex marriage was 40.0 years.   

The number of opposite-sex couples that chose a civil ceremony (41.0%) outnumbered those that chose a Catholic ceremony (35.8%) for the first time in 2020. A civil ceremony was also the choice of 228 same-sex couples. Humanist ceremony was the choice of 701 opposite-sex couples and 38 same-sex couples in 2020. 

The timing of weddings may also reflect the impact of COVID-19 restrictions. The cooler month of December was the most popular for opposite-sex weddings, while February was most popular for same-sex marriages. April was the least favoured month to tie the knot for all couples.

Friday and Saturday continue to be the most popular days to tie the knot for opposite-sex couples, while Friday followed by Thursday were the most favoured days to wed for same-sex couples. Sundays and Wednesdays were the least popular days of the week to marry for all couples.”

For further information contact:

Carol Anne Hennessy (+353) 21 453 Ext. 5307 or John G. O'Connor (+353) 21 453 Ext. 5787

or email vitalstats@cso.ie

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