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Marriages in 2012 increased by 5% on previous year

Largest percentage increase was among over 65s

The Office for National Statistics has published provisional annual statistics for marriages that took place in England and Wales in 2012.

In 2012, the provisional number of marriages in England and Wales increased by 5.3% to 262,240, from 249,133 in 2011. This increase in the provisional marriage figure for 2012 continues the recent upward trend, following the low recorded for 2009.

The greatest number of marriages was for men and women aged 25 to 29. The mean age at marriage in 2012 was 36.5 years for men and 34.0 years for women. The mean age at marriage has increased by almost eight years for both men and women since 1972. The largest percentage increase in the number of marriages between 2011 and 2012 was for men and women aged 65 to 69, rising by 25% and 21% respectively.

The statistical release is here.