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The most, and least, popular days to get hitched have been re­vealed

The Chronicle - - Daily News Graphic - By ALICE CACHIA

I F you’re cur­rently en­gaged and think­ing of get­ting mar­ried in late July, you might want to move quickly - new data has re­vealed it is one of the most popular times to tie the knot.

In fact, fig­ures from the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics show that in par­tic­u­lar, the last Satur­day in July is the most popular day of the year to get mar­ried.

One in ev­ery 51 wed­dings that took place in 2015 (the lat­est fig­ures avail­able) was held on the 25th of July, or 4,810 in to­tal. It was closely fol­lowed by Au­gust 1st, when 4,744 wed­dings took place. The fifth of Septem­ber saw a fur­ther 4,706 cou­ples say “I do”. All three of those dates were Satur­days, mean­ing it’s un­likely the date it­self was most de­sir­able, but rather the week­end of that time pe­riod. The clos­est Satur­day to those dates for wed­dings in 2019 would be July 28th, Au­gust 4th, and Septem­ber 7th.

And while you might ex­pect it to be more popular, Christ­mas Day is in fact the day when fewest peo­ple get mar­ried in the UK.

Just three wed­dings were reg­is­tered as hav­ing taken place on De­cem­ber 25th in 2015.

That could be be­cause few peo­ple, such as cater­ing staff and DJs, work on Christ­mas day - as well as cou­ples not wishing to ask rel­a­tives and friends to give up ar­guably the most fam­i­ly­cen­tred day of the year.

Sim­i­larly, while it’s sup­posed to be the most ro­man­tic day of the year, Valen­tine’ s Day saw just 1,969 cou­ples tie the knot mak­ing it the 32nd most popular date to get wed.

Over­all, Sun­day was the most popular day of the week to get hitched (121,269) fol­lowed by Satur­day (51,018), Fri­day (20,692) and Mon­day (12,529).

Less popular was Tues­day (12,137), Thurs­day (11,994) and Wed­nes­day (11,874).

The fig­ures in­clude both het­ero­sex­ual and same-sex wed­dings, though when look­ing at same-sex wed­dings alone, the 19th of Septem­ber was most popular in 2015. In re­cent years, the num­ber of wed­dings has been fall­ing. With wed­ding plan­ning web­site Hitched es­ti­mat­ing that the av­er­age UK wed­ding now costs a whop­ping £27,161, per­haps it’s no sur­prise that wed­dings are be­com­ing less popular. In fact, the 245,513 wed­dings that took place in 2015 was a drop of 34% com­pared to 50 years ear­lier in 1965, when there were 371,127 mar­riages.

Christ­mas Day and New Year’s Day are the two least popular dates to get mar­ried

Sun­days re­main the most popular day to get mar­ried

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