February 12, 2010
Church weddings falling out of fashion
by Sara Levy
Less than a third of UK weddings took place in a church or as a religious ceremony during 2008, the lowest ever recorded figure.
During that year, there were 156,290 civil ceremonies, compared to just 76,700 religious ceremonies.
This is the first time that fewer than one third of weddings have been religious ceremonies.
Just twenty years ago, religious ceremonies outnumbered civil weddings.
The dramatic shift in two decades is partly due to a change in the law in 1995, which allowed weddings to take place in historic buildings, hotels, and stately homes.
A fall in church attendance is also to blame.
The figures from the Office of National Statistics also show the lowest number of people getting married in more than a century.
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