Church Weddings Hit Historic Low; Priest Says Some Avoid Church Due to Judging (UK-based news)
The number of couples choosing to get married in an Anglican church in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level ever.
(Link): Church Weddings Hit Historic Low; Priest Says Some Avoid Church Due to Judging by S. Zaimov
The number of Anglican church weddings in England and Wales has fallen to a historical low, with more people choosing to have civil weddings, statistics show.
…Overall, among all opposite sex marriages in the two countries, only 28 percent were religious ceremonies.
Venerable John Barton, who is the Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, Emeritus at Oxford University, and an ordained priest, believes that some unmarried couples may be feeling unwelcomed by the church.
… In 1964, 69 percent of all weddings were religious ceremonies, according to ONS. But for the past 25 years, civil marriages (usually conducted at hotels, historic buildings, stately homes licensed for civil marriages, or a register office) have consistently outnumbered religious ones.