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The marriage boom among older couples mirrors a rise in divorce among those age groups revealed in figures last year.
The ONS said it was too early to tell whether the two year jump was a blip or a permanent reversal of the decline in marriage that has been happening since the early 1970s.
Many of the older brides and grooms, such as Sir Paul McCarthy and new wife Nancy Shevell, were getting remarried, having been through divorce Puma Basket Lfs from an earlier marriage.
This contrasted with falls among some younger age groups.
The figures show that 15 per cent of all weddings involved a husband and wife both marrying for the second time.
weddings among women aged 55 to 59 and a 6.5 per cent increase among men over 60.
'The increase in the number of marriages could be due to a reduction in the number of residents of England and Wales marrying abroad,' its report said, adding that surveys at ports and airports suggest the number of people marrying in resorts such as those in the Mediterranean or Caribbean has dropped by 40 per cent to 55,000 in 2011.
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But the rise among older couples was far greater. There was a 6.9 per cent increase in the number of Puma Creepers Womens Black
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Church of England white weddings have fallen by more than a half in the last 20 years.
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Wales there were 247,890 weddings, up 1.7 per cent from the 243,808 the previous year, and more than 15,000 up on the historic low for marriage recorded in 2009.
But it said the rise could be linked to the recession and the squeeze on pockets.
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