Pandemic wedding blues: Fewer US couples said ‘I do’ in 2020

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Far less Americans said “I do” during the archetypal twelvemonth of the pandemic when wedding plans were upended, a caller study finds.

There were 1.7 cardinal weddings successful 2020, a driblet of 17% from the twelvemonth earlier and the lowest recorded since 1963, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

The plunge was not precisely a astonishment since the U.S. matrimony complaint had been connected the diminution since 2016.

The pandemic threw galore matrimony plans into disarray, with communities ordering radical to enactment astatine location and banning ample gatherings to bounds the dispersed of the coronavirus.

The CDC recovered that 46 states reported declines successful matrimony rates successful 2020. Hawaii saw the largest driblet successful the state — 48% — followed by California, which fell 44%.

Nevada — agelong a fashionable wedding destination — continued to person the nation’s highest matrimony rate. But adjacent that authorities saw a 19% diminution successful the archetypal twelvemonth of the pandemic. Four states reported matrimony increases — Montana, Texas, Alabama, and Utah, the CDC said.

The U.S. divorcement complaint besides declined successful 2020, though not arsenic dramatically.

The latest study is based connected marriage certificates filed with authorities and section governments. The CDC has not yet released information connected marriages successful 2021.

Wedding planners past twelvemonth said they saw a rebound, with the rescheduling of postponed ceremonies. But immoderate experts said it’s hard to cognize erstwhile U.S. marriages mightiness instrumentality to pre-pandemic levels.

“It’s not been a large clip for romance,” said John Santelli, a prof astatine Columbia University’s schoolhouse of nationalist health.

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