While the number of people getting married may be falling across the UK there’s one place where the trend is reversed. In Oxfordshire, happy couples are desperate to tie the knot. What’s attracting these lovebirds to Oxfordshire? And how are they finding the experience of an Oxfordshire wedding?
Leap in Marriage Numbers
The statistics show that, overall, marriage is in decline across the nation. In the UK in 2013, there were 262,240 unions. This compares to the 400,000 weddings that took place following World War 2. However, the figures also show that Oxfordshire was one of the few counties to buck the trend. The Office of National Statistics recorded 3,627 marriages taking place in Oxfordshire in 2011. In 1945 there were only just over 2,000 weddings in the county.
Why is Oxfordshire so Popular?
There are many reasons why Oxfordshire is such a draw for couples looking to get married. One big advantage of Oxford and the surrounding county is the diversity and number of wedding venues available for couples. When you are looking for a wedding venue Oxfordshire offers a wide choice. You can go for a traditional country house hotel, a modern city centre conference or hotel venue, an old-fashioned barn in the middle of the countryside, or a period registry office in a town. There are also many churches for a religious ceremony in Oxfordshire – many of these have a great deal of character. Plus, the range of venues means you can choose something to suit your budget, whatever that may be, according to http://www.heythroppark.co.uk/weddingvenues.
Popular with Ex-Students
As Oxford is home to major universities, it also attracts people who were students there, and may have met in Oxford. These couples are keen to spend their special day in special surroundings that are meaningful to their relationship. A number of Oxford colleges are licensed to hold ceremonies, or venues can be hired in the universities for the wedding celebration after the ceremony.
Countryside and City
Oxfordshire may also be a popular place to get married as there is a choice between the vibrancy of the city and the beauty of the countryside. The countryside is also a powerful draw for people who want to give their family and friends from outside the county a relaxing, interesting holiday. A wedding celebration can be combined with plenty of activities in the county; sports, outdoor events, great food and wine, and lots of walking in the open air.
With all these advantages, it is easy to see why the number of marriages in Oxfordshire is increasing. According to wedding venues, the rate looks set to rise even more as enquiries are coming in regularly for weddings in the summer as well as the winter. If you are interested in an Oxfordshire wedding you are advised to organise yourself as far in advance as possible, as popular venues get booked very quickly in the summer.
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