For marriages of opposite-sex couples, the average (mean) age for men marrying in 2016 was 37.9 years, while for women it was 35.5 years. This was a slight increase for both men and women from the previous year and continued the overall rise recorded since the 1970s. The average age at marriage for same-sex couples in 2016 was slightly higher at 40.8 years for men and 37.4 years for women. This is in England and Wales
Looking at just first marriages of opposite-sex couples, the average age of single men was 33.4 years and for women was 31.5 years. Among same-sex couples marrying for the first time, the average ages of both single men and women were higher at 39.5 and 35.4 years respectively.
Average age at marriage, England and Wales, 1950 to 2016
Among opposite-sex couples in 2016, more women than men married at ages under 30 years, whereas at ages 30 years and over, more men married. This pattern reflects that on average men tend to form relationships with women younger than themselves.
Among same-sex couples in 2016, more women than men married at ages under 50 years, whereas at ages 50 years and over, more men married. In 2013, prior to the introduction of marriages for same-sex couples, more women than men entered a civil partnership at ages under 40 years, while at ages 40 years and over, more men formed a civil partnership.
The proportion per thousand men and women who had ever married has been decreasing since the 1970s. For men born in 1987, 226 per thousand men had married by the age of 30 years, compared with 485 per thousand in 1967. For women born in 1987, 323 per thousand women had married by the age of 30 years, compared with 632 per thousand in 1967.