More couples get hitched in 2014 with record number of marriages registered

A couple proceeding to complete their wedding photo.
A couple proceeding to complete their wedding photo. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - Wedding bells rang loud last year with a record 28,407 marriages registered, showed figures released by the Department of Statistics on Wednesday.

In absolute numbers, it is the highest in more than three decades - likely a result of Singapore's growing population.

When calculated as an average per 1,000 residents, the marriage rate was 6.8, the highest since 1999 when the rate was 7.8.

Compared to the 26,254 marriages recorded in 2013, the 28,407 marriages registered last year was also an 8.2 per cent increase.

But many are choosing to get hitched later.

"For the younger age groups below 30 years, the marriage rates in 2014 were lower compared to a decade ago, while the opposite trend was observed for those aged 30 years and over," said the Department of Statistics in its report.

"The delay in marrying was also reflected in the shift of the peak age group for females marrying from 25-29 years in 2004 , to 30-34 years in 2014. For males, the peak age group for marrying remained at 30-34 years over the same period," the report said of the trend.

Separately, the number of divorces and annulments fell 2.9 per cent from 7,525 in 2013 to 7,307 last year.