The number of marriages in England and Wales has fallen to the lowest level since records began in 1862. The most recent provisional figures for 2005 put the marriage rate for men at 24.2 per 1000 unmarried men. The figures for woman were 21.6 per 1000.
If you look at the number of marriages, there were 244,000 - the figure is the lowest since 1896 (when the population was about half what it is now).
Why is the number so low?