FIGURES released by National Records of Scotland in the summer revealed that 2022 saw a large increase in couples tying the knot, comparable to the post-war booms of 1919 and 1945.

There were 30,033 marriages in Scotland in 2022 – 24% higher than in 2021 and the highest number since 2012. Aside from the 103% rise in 2021 mainly due to Covid restrictions in relation to weddings in 2020, the only comparable year-on-year rises were in the post-war years (28% in 1919 and 31% in 1945).

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Head of vital events statistics, Daniel Burns, said: “Only the two world wars have had more impact on the number of marriages taking place.”

There were 630 civil partnerships registered in 2022, the highest number since 2007. The majority of civil partnerships in Scotland are mixed sex (84% in 2022), following a legislation change in 2021 which allowed this.