27 January 2012
Royal Wedding effect: Number of church nuptials rise as study finds living ... (Celebrities news headlines)
Royal Wedding effect: Number of church nuptials rise as study finds living ...
Daily Mail reported
The nation was captivated by the Royal Wedding last year and it seems it has inspired other couples to follow in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's footsteps.
The number of church weddings has risen for the first time in several years, research has revealed.
Despite fewer marriages taking place, four per cent more couples are opting for Church of England nuptials.
The new figures show weddings in churches went up to 54,700 in 2010 compared with 52,730 in 2009.
The statistics are expected to be higher this year following the Westminster Abbey event in April.
Other celebrities who opted for a church wedding include Lily Allen and Kate Moss, who both married last July.
The rise comes after the Anglican Church relaxed rules in 2008, allowing couples to marry in any area where they have lived for six months or where their parents or grandparents were married.
But it seems some couples are opting out of marriage all-together.
Unmarried partners who live together can be happier than married ones, research suggests.
A study found that co-habiting couples reap the same social, health and psychological benefits as those who are married.
But they have fewer obligations and more flexibility, say researchers from Cornell University.
Writing in the Journal of Marriage and Family, Dr Kelly Musick said: 'Marriage has long been an important social institution, but in recent decades western societies have experienced increases in cohabitation, before or instead of marriage, and increases in children born outside of marriage.
'These changes have blurred the boundaries of marriage, leading to questions about what difference marriage makes in comparison to alternatives.'
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