What 63,000 New York Times wedding announcements say about changes in marriage since 1981


Software writer Todd Schneider has created the ultimate tool for wedding junkies — a tool that can crunch data from 63,000 New York Times wedding announcements since 1981.

Since the announcements are fairly uniform in their structure — schools the couples attended, where each person works, who officiated their ceremonies, etc. — it’s relatively easy to lump certain things into high-level categories. Schneider writes in Vox that this is, of course, a very unscientific way to draw conclusions about societal shifts, but that the “NYT wedding mentions get at something core to New York City’s prestige-obsessed culture.”

With that in mind, here are a few highlights from his findings:

  • The average age at the time of marriage is increasing
  • Younger couples are more likely to have met at school while older couples are more likely to have met through mutual friends or online
  • Women graduate cum laude more often than men do
  • Ivy League schools still have a strong representation
  • Diversity in religious backgrounds is on the rise
  • There is a trend toward friends officiating weddings versus religious leaders
  • Tech companies make up an increasing percentage of employers, though in the world of New York power brokers, there are still plenty of people in banking and law

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