GETTING MARRIED over 50 – It’s Never too late TO MARRY!

GETTING MARRIED over 50 - It's Never too late TO MARRY!

Caroline Langham sitting smiling to camera with her Cote how notebook in one hand and mobile phone in the other doing some wedding planning


You Are Never Too Old For Love - getting married over 50

According to the ONS 2019 here are some interesting facts:


  • The age of people getting married is on the rise
  • Those in older age groups are less likely to be affected by contextual factors such as the cost of living crisis  
  • Marriage rates are falling significantly in every demographic apart from the 50-plus group
  • Marriage rates for the under 50s has declined over the last decade by 20%, whereas marriage rates for the over 50s remained the same
  • Marriage is far more likely to succeed second time around, especially after the age of 49 for men and 44 for women
  • People who have remarried are much less likely to divorce again compared to people marrying for the first time – only 8% of divorces involve both partners who have been married before! 
Brides Status on Marriage in 2015

MATURE COUPLES are remarrying in greater numbers

Getting through a divorce or the loss of a loved one is without doubt a most traumatic time. But once the upheaval and upset have settled there is hope for us all. Love may never be too far from the horizon, and it’s not too late to get married over 50.

According to the ONS, from a total of 239,000 marriages in 2015, 84% of those over 50 had been married before (divorced or widowed) compared to only 16% of those under 50. 

With less stigma to divorce and remarriage, older couples are more confidently searching for happiness. TV, magazines, social media, and lifestyle gurus are all making their mark; their social commentary is having an impact. Our silver surfers, now more internet savvy, are honing their skills to research, shop, and date online.

Remarriage can lead to happier lives

An ONS study measuring National Well-being in older people reported that one in five (20 percent) of those aged 52 and over who lived on their own reported being lonely often, and an additional two in five (39 percent) reported being lonely some of the time. This indicates that marital status (or cohabitation) has a significant bearing on our feelings of loneliness. Those in relationships feel less lonely than those separated, divorced or widowed.

Marital Status has a significant impact on well-being

Loneliness amongst those who have already had a relationship is significantly higher than those who have always been single or never married. This may be a reason why more older people are actively looking for love than in the past. Changes in social behaviour see fewer older people remaining single following a marriage breakup or the death of a spouse.

One theory is that many people get married when they are older as they are more mature and have more relationship experience. This may mean people are more likely to make better choices about a marriage partner and are better equipped to deal with relationship issues. 

Marrying with your great grandchildren
Marrying with your great grandchildren

Second Time Around Weddings

Older generations are living and working longer. Those who enjoy financial independence have the freedom to make informed choices based on their desires rather than their responsibilities.

Not time rich, our second timers don’t beat about the bush. Their priorities tend to be different from their younger counterparts. They appreciate quality and service and more importantly, feel comfortable putting their trust in others when it comes to planning their nuptials. Older couples are confident in each other and know exactly what they do and don’t want on their wedding day.

Bride and groom celebrate their marriage with a jubilant wave
A moment for celebration

Less is More

As life’s experiences help tweak our expectations, and as we mellow with age, we tend to adopt different priorities. Older couples still look to celebrate their weddings in style, valuing attention to detail but without the fuss. Gone are the woes of the first-timers stuck on the ‘Wedding Train’; stressing over fifty shades of ivory can overshadow the meaning of the marriage. More older couples are choosing to elope or look for venues offering intimate weddings; luxury elopements are ever popular with couples wanting to ‘get away from it all’.  See 10 Reasons to Elope

Older couples are happier to leave the finer wedding planning details to the professional wedding planners. Their priority is a wedding day to reflect the love they hold for each other – a special celebration alongside loved ones.

Elopement Weddings For Just Two

The term elopement has taken on a slightly different slant. No longer about young runaways eloping in secret, the term elopement is now used to describe any small, more intimate wedding, many of which are for the couple alone.

With changed priorities older couples, self-financing and in control of the budget, tend to make different choices than their younger counterparts. Rather than spending a small fortune inviting a huge guest list, they aim for more refinement, service, and quality over quantity. We are seeing a distinct upsurge in older couples eloping here. 

Find more about our Elopement Weddings For Just Two


Destination Weddings

A town centre registry office wedding on a quiet Monday afternoon is becoming less desirable. With more social ease, family support, and a larger disposable income, older couples are searching further afield for more interesting venues. They choose locations that hold special significance, meaning, or a memory. Combining a wedding with an extended family holiday and spending quality time together is a popular option. Their small, personalised wedding becomes part of the whole family experience.

Bride and Brides Father - Father of the Bride arriving to Cote How in Classic Blue car

Intimate MICRO Weddings

Older couples are drawn to an all-inclusive wedding where all generations can celebrate together amidst stunning surroundings. Exclusive-use, bespoke venues featuring stunning landscapes, great food, and warm hospitality offer the relaxed experience they seek.

Guests enjoy a welcome drink on the terrace at a small wedding venue

Benefits of a small intimate venue

For smaller, more intimate weddings, finding the right-sized venue is key to achieving a truly relaxed and personal style. Larger hotels do offer elopement packages but couples may have little privacy or scope to add their own touches.

If your vision is a romantic experience filled with heady excitement and anticipation, nothing is more likely to burst your wedding bubble than the sight of bathrobe-clad hotel guests heading for the pool as you’re saying ‘I do.’ To avoid any unwanted interruptions, make sure your venue offers full exclusivity on your wedding day, no matter how small your guest list.


We love smaller weddings

Cote How offers a selection of intimate wedding options, from elopements to all-inclusive celebrations. As all our weddings are bespoke, you have the flexibility to vary your choices and design a wedding that is right for you. From our family to yours, the enjoyment of making real people connections, and all working together to create a very memorable day, makes our job a pleasure!  

Call Caroline today for an informal chat on 015394 32765. Visit our website for further details or to book a visit, or make an enquiry below.

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