Love was most certainly in the air in Medway last year, as more than 1,000 couples have said ‘I do’, despite a decline in marriage numbers nationally.

According to the Office of National Statistics the number of marriages taking place each year nationally are at their lowest rate for 100 years. Not so in Medway, where wedding days show no sign of decline.

At the end of a year that featured the most talked about wedding of a generation with an audience of more 40 million across the globe tuning in to watch one couple exchange nuptials, there were more than 1090 weddings within the Registration District of Medway.

This is up on 1017 marriages in the 2010 calendar year, which was itself up 10 per cent on 2009.

And the tradition looks set to continue, with 614 weddings on the books for 2012, 144 booked for 2013 and 44 already planned for 2014.

The figures come from Medway Council’s Register Office, based on Northgate, Rochester, which has been registering marriages in Medway since 1837.

The Register Office holds the legal preliminaries for all marriages and civil partnerships except those taking place in the Church of England or Church in Wales, before the wedding takes place.

The Register Office itself has two ceremony rooms. One can hold up to 50 people, while the other is more compact for those wishing to have only a small ceremony.

There are more than 20 venues licensed to hold religious and civil ceremonies in Medway, from Rochester Cathedral and parish churches to the Guildhall Museum, Upnor Castle and even a Victorian warship based at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services, Cllr Tom Mason, said: “We have some fantastic wedding venues in Medway, as well as some perfect places for popping the question – with three castles, a cathedral, great pubs, restaurants and a gorgeous river setting.

“I hope all of Medway’s newlyweds enjoyed their first Christmas together as husband and wife and wish the best of luck to all those couples planning to get married in 2012 – a year that looks set to be great one for Medway.”

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