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Wedding industry still enjoying plenty of work

May 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

MARRIAGE rates are continuing to drop but that hasn’t impacted negatively on an optimistic wedding industry.

The current marriage rate is the lowest since 2001, when 19,972 weddings were celebrated, according to Statistics New Zealand’s latest information release.

Wellington Wedding Expo organiser Paula Bevege says that despite the trend this years event saw record numbers of punters through the door.

“I’m seeing a lot of younger brides tying the knot and a trend in lavish religious weddings, also 40-plus brides marrying after first focusing on career goals,” says Ms Bevege.

The median age for previously un-married brides is 28.3 compared to 22.2 in 1982.

The general marriage rate (per 1000 people) stood at 35.46 of not-married people over 16 in 1976, and has dropped dramatically over the years, currently standing at 11.81.

Those in the business of getting people down the aisle are not worried that the trend will continue.

“Although 2011 has been a somewhat quiet year for everyone in the industry, presumably connected to the recession, services are forward for bookings and things are looking bright for 2012,” says Ms Bevege.

She also points out the increasing popularity of grooms getting more involved with wedding planning, seeing larger numbers of men attending the Wedding Expo, which was staged last month in Wellington.

Following the marriage rate trend is the dropping divorce rate, which spiked in 2003/4 at 12.8 per 1000 existing marriages, and is now down to 9.8.

“The decrease in divorces in 2011 is consistent with the recent trend of declining divorce numbers, which started around 2005,” says Population Statistics acting manager, Deb Potter.

There were 20,231 marriages registered to New Zealand residents, 14,049 first marriages and 6,183 remarriages.

An additional 2,200 marriages were registered to overseas residents last year.

The most popular day to wed was the 11/11/11 last year when 565 couples tied the knot, compared with an average of just 87 for other Fridays in November.



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