Yesterday the Office of National Statistics published the most recent figures on marriages in England and Wales for 2013. It showed a decline for the first time since 2009. In 2013 there was a 8.6% drop from 2012  with 240854 taking place. Elizabeth McLaren (an ONS statistician) suggested the decline could be linked to superstitious couples wanting to avoid the number 13 - fingers crossed that's not right.