Turns out, we aren’t as alien as we’d like to think. The national average marrying age, according to The Knot, is 29 for brides and 31 for grooms, which is still relatively “old” compared to past averages. Apparently, New Yorkers aren’t the only ones that aren’t super-eager to start filing joint taxes before the age of 25. “Couples [nationwide] are waiting a little bit later in life to make this huge decision,” says Kristen Maxwell Cooper, executive editor at The Knot.
Still, the US Census reported that in 2014, the average age of brides was 31, and 33 for grooms. Older is older, even if only by two years. A big factor of this can be attributed to couples living together before they get married. “Couples will move in together and get to a level of seriousness and comfort. Before you know it, it’s been 10 years and then they say, ‘You know what? We should just get married,’” says Ashley Chamblin, owner and wedding planner at Ashley M Chamblin Events in Brooklyn.