Although it hasn’t always been the case, marriage is now an extremely fluid concept. From the introduction of civil equality laws, a reduction in the number of people opting for a religious ceremony and fresh approaches to divorce, many of the old-fashioned conventions around getting hitched have been ditched.
Our brand new research explores modern-day attitudes towards matrimony and proves that on the whole, social perceptions of marriage have definitely become more relaxed. For example in a survey commissioned by us and run by YouGov, 67 per cent of 2000 participants felt that there is much less pressure from society to get married today than there was 10 years ago.
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While 69 per cent also agreed that marriage symbolises a commitment to their relationship, a notable 13 per cent said they couldn’t identify any particularly significant benefits to walking down the aisle. Interestingly, 41 per cent of those surveyed said they viewed getting hitched as a means by which they could increase or consolidate their financial security.
As well as this modern approach to marriage motive, our survey results also revealed a tendency towards civil ceremonies over religious celebrations with just 33 per cent favouring the latter. This spike in civil partnerships could well be attributed to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in England, Wales and Scotland during 2014 with over 18,000 civil ceremonies being performed in the first year.
For more information on what the survey respondents had to say on what marriage means to them today, check out our infographic. If you have any ideas or thoughts of your own that you’d like to share with us, head on over Facebook or Twitter and use the hashtag #TheModernMarriage to join the conversation.