Religious weddings go from touching 76% of the total to just 10% in two decades
"Here no one marries for the Church. The statement of an elderly priest, who did not celebrate a wedding last year, is the same as admitted, with regret, by many Spanish parish priests. A reality, increased by the pandemic, and that latest data from the INE has clearly shown: only one in ten weddings in Spain are religious. Last year there were barely 9,444: one wedding a year for every two and a half parishes in Spain, about 26 ceremonies a day throughout the country. These figures show the effect of the pandemic, which has plummeted the numbers of marriages - in January and February 2020 the data were similar to those of the previous year - but the collapse is clear since in 2009 civil marriages exceeded the religious in Spain.