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This dataset provides statistics on marriages of opposite-sex couples that took place in England and Wales, broken down by the age of each partner, the year of occurrence, the partner's previous legal partnership status, the type of ceremony (civil or religious) and the area of occurrence.

The https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/marriagecohabitationandcivilpartnerships/bulletins/marriagesinenglandandwalesprovisional/previousReleases[latest Marriage Statistics publication] is available on the Office for National Statistics website.

  • Marriage statistics are derived from information recorded when marriages are registered as part of civil registration, a legal requirement.
  • Figures represent civil and religious marriages that take place in England and Wales only.
  • Marriages to residents of England and Wales that took place outside of England and Wales are not included.
  • Opposite-sex couples, who were first able to form a civil partnership in England and Wales on 31 December 2019, are currently unable to convert their civil partnership into a marriage.

The https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/marriagecohabitationandcivilpartnerships/methodologies/marriagesinenglandandwalesqmi[Marriage Quality and Methodology Information] document contains important information on:

  • the strengths and limitations of the data
  • the quality of the output including the accuracy of the data and how it compares with related data
  • uses and users
  • how the output was created

Further information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to marriages can be found in the https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/marriagecohabitationandcivilpartnerships/methodologies/userguidetomarriagestatistics[User Guide to Marriage Statistics]

For more information on marriage statistics, please contact Office for National Statistics email: pop.info@ons.gov.uk telephone: +44(0)1329 444661

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Ceremony type (4 categories)


Approved premises (4 categories)

Approved premises are buildings licenced for civil marriages such as hotels, historic buildings and stately homes. Only civil marriages can take place in approved premises.


Status of groom (3 categories)

Remarriage includes persons whose previous marriage or civil partnership ended in divorce or dissolution, or the death of their partner.


Status of bride (3 categories)

Remarriage includes persons whose previous marriage or civil partnership ended in divorce or dissolution, or the death of their partner.


Age of groom (6 categories)


Age of bride (6 categories)


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13 May 23Released2020
4 Jul 22provisional2019
10 Aug 21provisional2018
30 Apr 20Released2017
28 Mar 19Released2016
28 Feb 18Released2015
14 Mar 17provisional2014
27 Apr 16Released2013
27 Apr 16Released2012
27 Apr 16Released2011

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