Love comes late - boom marriages for over 50s

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The marriage rate for over 50s is on the rise, despite the overall number reducing during the 21st century. 

Recent studies from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show total marriages between the year 2000 and 2015 declined by 18%, whereas marriages for the over 50s rose by a staggering 49%.

The rise is attributed, in part, to more ‘silver surfers’ becoming internet savvy and joining dating sites.

The maturing baby boom population, who are now reaching their 50s and 60s, have a longer life expectancy over recent generations.

The ONS says: “We also know that older people are more connected, economically and socially, than they were before. People aged 65 and over are more likely than ever to be working”

“We can’t rule out practical reasons for older couples deciding to tie the knot. One of these may be a substantial change to inheritance tax rules made in October 2007, which allowed married couples or those in civil partnerships to transfer their tax-free allowances between each other for the first time.”

In line with these new younger lifestyles, older couples are researching the internet to find more interesting and picturesque venues than city centre registry offices.
According to the ONS: “89% of all civil marriages in England and Wales are being held in approved premises. These are venues holding a Civil License and do not include registry offices.”

There are also more people forming relationships later in life than ever before. This trend is set to continue, with an estimated increase of 12% by the year 2039.

These more mature couples, are more likely to be getting married for the second or even third time. This often results in very different priorities to their younger ‘first time’ around counterparts.

It is more about just the two of them and the love they hold for each other, and less about trying to impress. Older couples also tend to prefer smaller, more intimate weddings with a relaxed family focussed celebration.

Cote How offers a selection of intimate wedding options, from elopements for ‘Just the Two of You’, to ‘Small and Intimate’ all-inclusive celebrations. 

As all our weddings are bespoke you have the flexibility to vary your choices and choose the elements that are more important to you.

At Cote How our most popular option is our all-inclusive midweek wedding. We can style this from 12-32 friends and family and includes the wedding flowers and cake.

Older couples are definitely more relaxed themselves and after our initial meeting seem more than happy to leave all the detail to us. They can simply turn up and we will do the rest!


Call Caroline today for an informal chat on 015394 32765 or visit our website for further details or book a face to face appointment here

Review from Lynne:

“Everything about our wedding day was exactly as we could have wished for. We had a small family wedding, the only one thing wrong was the day didn’t last long enough I never wanted it to end! Caroline & her team were excellent. nothing was too much trouble.” Graham and Lynne Scratcherd 18th July 2017

 Photogrpahy by Simon Hughes

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