What are our favourite wedding dates? What about partnership registrations?
For years now, Friday has been the most popular day to get wed. Monday is the most popular day for concluding a partnership. A relatively large number of weddings also take place on that day. Most municipalities offer the possibility of marrying or entering into a registered partnership on Mondays, either at a lower cost or free of charge.
On average, about a third of couples have married on a Friday in recent years and the months of May, June and September are the most popular. On special dates, such as Valentine’s Day, the day of the week seems less important. More couples also get married on appealing dates. For example, 750 tied the knot on Thursday 20-02-2020, more than 10 times as many as on a normal Thursday in February. Until 1983, December was still a popular month to get married. For tax purposes, people who got married in December were viewed as having been married that entire year. From 1984, living together, whether married or not, for six months or longer became decisive.
Most registered partnerships on Monday
With respect to registered partnerships, there is not as clear a preference for the spring and summer months as is the case with weddings. As far as the day of the week is concerned, Monday is the most popular: almost 40 percent of all registered partnerships are concluded on that day. The registered partnership was introduced in 1998. Over the years, the number of couples who opt for this has grown gradually, and since 2014 this increase has accelerated. The number of marriages, however, has remained more or less the same since 2013. In 2019, already a quarter of the relationships recorded in the civil registry were registered partnerships.
Fewer weddings concluded during the lockdown
In the first two months of 2020, more marriages were contracted than in the same period a year earlier. In February, in particular, there were a number of appealing dates on which more people got married than on average. The number of partnerships concluded in these months was again higher than in the previous year. That changed with the coronavirus pandemic. During the lockdown, from mid-March through to May, on average almost half as many couples married each week than in the same period in 2019. Fewer people got married on Fridays and Saturdays in particular. Nevertheless, an average of over 500 couples said ‘I do’ each week. A relatively higher number of marriages were also concluded on appealing dates during the lockdown. On Monday 20 April, more than 300 couples married, almost 1.5 times more than on an average Monday in April.
During the lockdown, fewer registered partnerships were concluded than in the same period in 2019, but the decrease was smaller than for the number of marriages.
Number of weddings up again from June
After the gradual relaxation of the coronavirus measures, the number of marriages and partnerships concluded once again increased. From June onwards, more couples entered into a partnership than in the same months a year earlier. The number of weddings still lagged behind; in August by about 10 percent and in July and September by almost 20 percent. However, on the attractive dates of 20-7-2020 (Monday) and 20-8-2020 (Thursday) and 20-9-2020 (Sunday) more marriages again took place than on similar days a year earlier. However, Friday 20-6-2020 saw relatively few couples getting married. In June especially, the number of weddings on Fridays and Saturdays still lagged behind 2019.