|Opposite Sex Marriages||21,262||21,570|
|Same Sex Marriages||759||1,056|
|All Marriages rate per 1,000 population||4.6||4.8|
|Average Age of Groom (Opposite Sex Marriage)||36.1||35.7|
|Average Age of Bride (Opposite Sex Marriage)||34.1||33.8|
|Average Age of Male (Same Sex Marriage)||40.3||40.5|
|Average Age of Female (Same Sex Marriage)||40.5||41.0|
There were 759 same sex marriages in 2017, of which 424 were male unions and 335 were female unions.
The average age of couples in same sex marriages in 2017 was 40.4 years. The average age of male partners in same sex marriages was 40.3 and the average age of female partners was slightly higher at 40.5. See tables 23A, 23B and 23C.
There were 21,262 opposite sex marriages in 2017. The average age of grooms was 36.1 years, 0.4 years more than the average age of grooms in 2016. In the past 50 years, the average age of grooms decreased from 28.8 years in 1967 to a low of 26.2 years in 1977 and increased to a high of 36.1 years in 2017. A similar trend is evident for brides with the average age decreasing from 25.8 in 1967 to 24.0 in 1977 and increasing to a high of 34.1 in 2017. See tables 1 and 3.
The number of all marriages (opposite and same sex) registered in 2017 was 22,021 which equates to a crude (unadjusted) marriage rate of 4.6 per 1,000 population, 0.2 less than the 2016 rate. This is 605 marriages less than in 2016 when 22,626 marriages took place. Same sex marriages accounted for 3.4% of all marriages in 2017. See table 1.