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From ‘Yes’ to ‘I Do’, survey reveals UK couples getting married older but with shorter engagements

Posted: Monday August 11, 2014

Firstly, and most interestingly, it revealed that nowadays couples are getting engaged later in life but choosing to walk down the aisle and get married quicker. In the past ten years the average age of people getting engaged has increased by three years, while the average length of engagements has decreased by almost a quarter.

Over the past decade the average age at which couples got engaged has increased from 24 years and 8 months pre-2004, to 27 years and 8 months in the last ten years.

Thank you to everyone that took the time to complete our From ‘Yes’ to ‘I Do’ Wedding Engagement Survey, the data revealed some very interesting trends…

However, while people are leaving it later to get engaged, the length of which they are engaged has decreased significantly. Previous to 2004, couples were engaged for around 25 months on average, but in the last decade couples are waiting an average of 19 months.

The survey also revealed that the older the couple, the shorter the engagement seems to be. Those under 30 years old wait 21 months on average, but those over 30 are engaged for just 14 months.

As well as these new trends our survey also revealed that many traditions still remain; May is still the most popular month to be married and Christmas was identified as the key date for engagements. 19% of people surveyed got engaged over the Christmas period, between 1st December and 1st January.

Finally 62% of grooms chose the engagement ring, whilst 28% of couples picked the ring together, with just 7% of women choosing their own.

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