Data on marriages presented in this release were obtained from the second copy of the marriage certificates that were registered at the Office of the City/Municipal Civil Registrars all throughout the country and forwarded to the National Statistics Office. Figures presented include only those marriages which occurred in 2007 and were registered from January 2007 to March 2008. Figures are not adjusted for underregistration.
Registered Marriages in 2007 numbered to 490,054
There were 490,054 marriages that were registered in 2007. The number represented a decrease of 2,612 marriages or 0.5 percent from the 2006 figure of 492,666.
Six regions, namely: National Capital Region (NCR), Region X, Region XII, Region VII, Region III and Region IV-A reported declines in the number of marriages. The biggest downward slope was recorded in NCR at 9.4 percent.
The rest of the remaining regions of the country reported increases in terms of number of marriages from the figures reported a year earlier. The highest increase of 13.4 percent was recorded in Caraga.
Crude Marriage Rate was at 5.5
The Crude Marriage Rate (CMR) for the year 2007 was 5.5 at the national level. CMR refers to the rate at which couples marry per thousand population.
Eight regions had CMR value above the national figure. Three of those regions with high CMR were in Luzon. On top of the list was Region II with 7.6. Second in rank were Region III and NCR with the same CMR of 6.5.
On the other end, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which recorded CMR value of only 0.8 was the lowest. The other two regions which belonged to the bottom three, in terms of CMR value in 2007, were Region VIII and Region IX with 4.1 and 4.4, respectively.
NCR recorded the most number of registered marriages
The highest number of registered marriages was recorded by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 72,584 or 14.8 percent of the national total. NCR was followed by Region IV-A (CALABARZON) with 62,299 (12.7%) and Region III (Central Luzon) with 61,942 (12.6%). These top three regions were also the only regions that contributed more than ten percent each to total marriages in 2007.
On the extreme end, the smallest count of only 2,610 or 0.8 percent of the total registered marriages in 2007 was recorded by ARMM.
Marriages peaked during the month of May
In 2007, most couples preferred to tie knots during the month of May. In fact during this month a total of 53,987 marriages or a daily occurrence of 1,742 was registered.
Although the month of April ranked only second in terms of total number of marriages (53,817), it recorded the highest daily occurrence of 1,794 marriages in 2007.
Meanwhile, the month of December which was second in rank in 2006, recorded a total count of 51,249 marriages a year later and thus, moved to third place.
On the contrary, the month of November appeared to be the least preferred month for wedding ceremonies as it recorded the lowest number of marriages of only 23,423.
Women preferred to marry at ages 20-24 while men at ages 25-29
In 2007, about four out of ten brides get married at ages 20-24 years. The said age group of women recorded 186,012 or 38.0% out of the 490,054 marriages.
The second most likely choice of women for settling down was at ages 25-29 with 136,584 (27.9%).
As expected men preferred to enter married life at an older age than women. In 2007, three out of ten grooms (169,845 or 34.7%) old tied knots with their brides at ages 25-29 years.
Meanwhile, there were 69,052 (14.1% of total marriages) teen brides in 2007. Teen brides were almost five times more than teen grooms (15,312 or 3.1% of total marriages). The sex ratio of teen grooms to teen brides was 22.2.
In contrast, the number of men (16,599 or 3.4%) who married at age 50 years old and above was more than double compared to the number of women (6,562 or 1.3%) of the same age group.
Median age for brides was 24.7 while for grooms was 29.7.
Almost half of marriages were solemnized through civil rites
Marriages celebrated through civil rites in 2007 numbered 204,335 or 41.7 percent of the 490,054 total marriages reported during the year.
Wedding ceremonies in Roman Catholic churches was the second highest with 179,562 or 36.6 percent of the total reported marriages.
Compared to data a year earlier (2006), it can be observed that the number and percentages of marriages held civilly and in Roman Catholic ceremonies decreased in 2007.
On the one hand, it can be noted that marriages in Islam, tribal and other religious rites increased in number and percentages from 2006 to 2007.