A 2nd Wedding Anniversary is something of a milestone. The first year of marriage has been negotiated and the couple have settled themselves into their relationship. Yet the traditional gift at this time is something of straw or cotton – hardly too encouraging.
In truth those who reach their 2nd wedding anniversary are among a dwindling number. Latest Government statistics show a recent decline in the number of marriages. In fact in 2007, England and Wales recorded the lowest number of marriages since 1895 took place. Only 62 per cent of these were first time marriages.
Besides the lowest marriage rate ever, Britain also now has the highest divorce rate ever.
Latest figures show that one in 15 couples do not even make it past their 2nd Wedding Anniversary. Of 153,000 divorces in 2003 (latest figure available), over 10,000 were on couples who had been married for two years or less.
So a 2nd Wedding Anniversary really is something to celebrate.