Marriage &

Just as our culture has changed over the decades, marriage and divorce rates have risen and fallen. Look at the historical stats, see what made an impact on national figures, and explore the future of marriage and divorce across England and Wales.

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Did You Know?

  • In 2016, an estimated 455,506 people got married (227,753 marriages) – that’s almost the population of Liverpool.
  • In 2028, 399,180 people will marry (199,590 marriages) – that’s a little smaller than the population of Dorset.
  • In 2016, 213,918 people got divorced (106,959 divorces) – that’s slightly larger than the population of Northampton.
  • In 2028, 177,584 people will divorce (88,792 divorces) – that’s a bit under the population of Caerphilly.
  • In 2016, the average cost of a divorce was estimated to be £47,014.35. By 2028 it will increase to £60,415.85.
  • In 2016, the average cost of a wedding was £25,090. By 2028 it will increase to £29,838.73. Says...

  • If you’re working with a limited budget for your wedding, you can consider making cuts from the standard wedding list to save some money.
  • Many wedding venues will give you a discounted price if you host the ceremony and reception in the same place, and you’ll also save on the costs of transport.
  • Weddings held outside of wedding season (May to September), or simply another day of the week beside Saturday, should come at a cheaper rate as demand is much lower.
  • Consider the size of your ideal guest list and see if you could reduce it to save money. If not, think about having a separate day and evening list, and having a pay-for-yourself bar, rather than an open tab.
  • Read our full guide on sneaky wedding costs to look out for.
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