Not only are fewer Americans getting married, but many are delaying marriage, and those who are choosing to say, “I do,” are inviting fewer guests, according to a report in Bloomberg, which looked at the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and private research firms. The marriage rate, which is measured with the number of new marriages per 1,000 people, has been falling for decades, and it fell especially fast during the recession in 2008 and 2009, says a Bloomberg¬†report, adding

that it’s unlikely people started getting married again even as the economy recovered. This declining marriage rate might not be visible in the total number of marriages, as the population rises, but the number of U.S. weddings still fell last year, by 0.5 percent, to 2.162 million, according to estimates by the Wedding Report, a market-research firm specializing in the wedding industry, the report says. CONTINUE