4th December 2023 – (Manila) According to the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Filipinos have a preference for getting married in the months of December, February, and April. In 2022, December emerged as the most favoured month for weddings, with 55,599 registered marriages, making up 12.4 per cent of the total marriages in the country.
February secured the second spot with 52,426 marriages, accounting for 11.7 per cent of the total, closely followed by April with 44,600 marriages, representing 9.9 per cent. On the other hand, November recorded the lowest number of registered marriages, with only 23,862 unions taking place.
The PSA reported a significant increase in the number of marriages in the country in 2022, with a total of 449,428 marriages, reflecting a 25.9 per cent surge from the previous year. When compared to pre-pandemic numbers, there was a 4 per cent rise in marriages from 2019 to 2022.
While the PSA did not provide a specific explanation for the popularity of December weddings among Filipinos, analysts believe that the pleasant weather and the extended Christmas holiday season may play a role. December is a favoured time for Filipinos to come together and celebrate the festive season, making it an ideal time for weddings and annual reunions.
The data also highlighted that the majority of couples in the Philippines choose to tie the knot between the ages of 25 and 29. In 2022, the median age for men to get married was 30 years old, while for women, it was 28 years old.
In terms of wedding ceremonies, civil ceremonies were the most preferred choice among Filipino couples, as indicated by the data. In 2022, 43.3 per cent of the registered marriages were conducted through civil ceremonies, marking a 3.7 percentage point increase from 2021.
Approximately one-third of the total marriages in the past year were officiated in the Roman Catholic Church, while around one in four were performed in other religious rites. Marriages conducted in accordance with Muslim traditions accounted for 1 per cent of the total registered marriages, while 0.8 per cent were carried out through tribal ceremonies.