Women are waiting later to get married, according to recently published statistics.
As reported by The Daily Mail, the average age of a first-time bride is now 30, and rising. That’s according to the figures from the Office for National Statistics.
The reason behind the delay is that woman increasingly choose to spend longer pursuing their careers, searching for their perfect partner or saving to afford everything from the wedding reception venue to the catering.
“You no longer need marriage to prove that you are an adult, so there’s not the rush that there used to be for young people,” explained Simon Duncan, professor of comparative social policy at Bradford University.
He added: “A couple can privately prove their commitment to one another by cohabiting. There are even perfectly happy long-term relationships where a couple stays together but lives apart.”
According to the Office for National Statistics, the average age of brides in 1966 was 22.5. Later, in 1991, the average age was 25.5, which shows the trend that brides are continuing to get older.
“With young people thinking they’re going to live to 100, finding a husband is no longer a priority,” explained Christine Webber, a psychoanalyst. “Women in their mid-twenties are more likely to be considering whether to settle with the man they’re with or to look for something better.”
The number of weddings is continuing to slowly decrease, whilst the number of cohabiting couples grows. Similarly, the amount of time couples spend together before splitting up or marrying has grown to just under 7 years.