to lowest level since 1862.
A typical first-time bride is now 29.9 years old and a man marrying for the first time just past his 32nd birthday.
The new low comes as both major parties prepare to make marriage a central battleground in the election campaign.
David Cameron is pledged to give tax breaks to married couples to try to rebuild stable families and cut disastrous rates of break-up and disruption.
But Labour insists that marriage is no more than a lifestyle choice and all stable relationships are as good.
We live in a PeterPan World where nobody wants to grow up and the boys (and girls) are lost.