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Top locations for weddings in 2021

Posted by Danielle Harvey on 10 March 2021

bride and groom tying the knot on the beach with frame for ceremony 2020 might not have been the best year for weddings - the least said about that the better - but 2021 is looking rather hopeful for loved up couples. GiftsOnline4U, the personalised gifts online retailer, has delved into Office for National Statistics data to see the UK locations with the most weddings in one year. The research covered England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland separately to be able to reveal the most loved-up places for each of these locations. The findings showed that the most popular spot in England to get hitched, is Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, with over 4,000 weddings in one year....

couple on beach

England
The most popular spot in England to get hitched, is Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, with over 4,000 weddings in one year. This is followed by Cheshire East, Birmingham, Northumberland and Leeds.

Location/Number of weddings

  • Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 4,002
  • Cheshire East 2,593
  • Birmingham 2,451
  • Northumberland 2,304
  • Leeds 2,294

cardiff city centre

Wales
The number 1 loved-up spot in Wales is Cardiff with over 1,600 weddings. Swansea took second place. This is followed by Powys, Carmarthen and Vale of Glamorgan.

Location/Number of weddings

  • Cardiff 1,645
  • Swansea 1,233
  • Powys 835
  • Carmarthen 716
  • Vale of Glamorgan 680

wedding couple on rocks

Scotland
Leading the selection is Dumfries and Galloway, with almost 4,300 weddings. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, comes second with almost 3,000 weddings. Then Glasgow, Highland and Fife.

Location/Number of weddings

  • Dumfries and Galloway 4,291
  • Edinburgh 2,949
  • Glasgow 2,457
  • Highland 1,632
  • Fife 1,568

Belfast hall and eye

Northern Ireland
Belfast leads the group with almost 1,500 weddings. Over 1,000 weddings were in Newry, Mourne and Down. In third place is Mid and East Antrim, followed by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon. Mid Ulster took fifth place.

Location/Number of weddings

  • Belfast 1,499
  • Newry, Mourne and Down 1,009
  • Mid and East Antrim 804
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon 728
  • Mid Ulster 712

GiftsOnline4U also looked into which day of the year was most popular to get married on. Interestingly, most weddings in one year happened on Wednesdays and couples were most likely to opt for a mid-to-late summer wedding, with Wednesday the 26th August coming in fifth, 29th July fourth, 12th August third, 5th August second and 2nd of September coming out on top as the most sought-after date for nuptials.

Asgar Dungarwalla from GiftsOnline4U said: “You might think that the lands of France and Italy are the ones to be revered as the most romantic locations in the world, but our data showed that we have some beloved locations here in the UK when it comes to choosing our wedding destinations.”

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