The average age of brides in Ireland reached 34.4 years in 2018, 0.3 year higher than the 2017 figure of 34.1 years, according to a report released by the country’s Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Wednesday.
Entitled Marriages 2018, the report, which was based on data compiled from the marriage registration forms of the marriages registered in Ireland last year, showed that the average age of brides in the country had been on a consistent rise over the last four decades after it hit a record low of 24 years in 1978.
A similar trend was also seen in the average age of bridegrooms in the country over the last forty years with the average age of bridegrooms rising consistently from 26.2 years in 1978 to a record high of 36.4 years in 2018, said the report, adding that the average age of bridegrooms in Ireland in 2018 was also 0.3 year higher compared to the 2017 figure of 36.1 years.
The report also showed that over 87 percent of the marriages registered in 2018 were first time marriages for both bridegrooms and brides while in 62.5 percent of the couples who got married last year bridegroom was older than bride.
In 2018, over one in five marriages were between bridegrooms and brides of the same social-economic group while the rates for such marriages were much higher among people who were engaged in professional occupations, said the report.
Last year 57 percent of bridegrooms and 41.9 percent of brides, who were involved in professional occupations, chose to marry an individual in the same social-economic group, it added.
According to the report, nearly 63 percent of the couples who married last year performed religious ceremonies for their weddings.
The report also found that the warmer months of June, July and August were the most popular months for weddings in 2018 while the cooler months of January and February were the least popular.
Friday and Saturday continued to be the most popular days to tie the knot while Sundays and Mondays remained the least popular days of the week for the weddings, it added.
All the above-mentioned figures refer to the 20,389 opposite-sex marriages registered in Ireland in 2018, said the report, adding that there were also 664 same-sex marriages registered in the country last year.
Ireland is among the few countries in the world which allow the same-sex marriages.
Taking into the same-sex marriages into account, the marriage rate in Ireland stood at 4.3 per 1,000 population in 2018, 0.3 less than the 2017 rate, said the report.
The marriage rate per 1,000 population is calculated in the following way: number of marriages registered multiplied by 1,000 and divided by population.
Ireland’s population stood at an estimated 4.86 million in 2018, according to the CSO.