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72% of millennials plan to get married according to CofE research

1,085 unmarried people between the ages of 18-35 were sampled with only 7% saying they 'had no intention of ever being married'.

The remainder were asked what would influence their wedding plans.

The Church of England conducted the research and Rev Dr Sandra Millar, The Church of England's Head of Life Events told Premier:  "People under 35 are still interested in marriage and weddings and also we were interested that people really start thinking about this very early on in their lives."

Among those who were single, almost six in 10 (59%) said that they would like to marry at some point.

The survey also suggests that millennials attach a special importance to church weddings, with more young people preferring to marry in a church or chapel (47%) than a register office/town hall (34%).

On this, Rev Sandra said: "In England we have a lot of people who are loosely connected [to the church] although not actively Christian and some of those people are the people who might be more encouraged early on that they can get married in church if they ask."

Those who would consider a church wedding were asked why it appealed to them from a list of options. Almost a third said that it felt like a 'proper' wedding (31%). Marrying before God or receiving a blessing, was the seventh most chosen option.

Millennials were also strongly drawn to 'traditional/conventional' wedding venues (72%).  

Sandra commented: "Not only is it places like a church that people put a higher value on as a place to get married in  over but they put a high value on historic buildings and also places that have meaning to them

"Young people might be interested in getting married in the place where their parents or grandparents got married."

Speaking about how this information bring an opportunity to Christians to evangelise, she said: It's always been a great opportunity for us to just be loving and welcoming and say yes to people and help them to make that day special and show back to them the loving welcome that God offers them as well.

"It's one of those amazing places where we still have that chance to talk to people who come and ask us at one of life's really significant moments for them."

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