Some of sociologist Carol Greenblat's marriage facts:
More than 90 percent of Americans marry at some time in their lives.
The marriage rate rose slightly from 1958 to 1972, declined from 1972 to 1976, and appears to be rising again.
From 1960 to 1977, the average age of marriage from first-time brides rose from 20.3 to 21.1, and for first-time grooms, from 22.8 to 23.
The average groom is 2 to 3 years older than his bride.
The greatest number of marriages take place (not surprisingly) in June. For remarriage, the most popular month is August.
About 75 percent of all marriages are performed with a religious ceremony -- 80 percent of all first marriages; about 58 percent of remarriages.
91 percent of first-time brides and 83 percent of remarrying brides marry in their home state.
Couples who marry tend to be similar in prior marital status. About 70 percent of all marriages take place between people who are both single, or both divorced, or both widowed.
In 1977, more than one-third of all marriages involved a remarriage.
Remarriage rates for both divorced and widowed men are much higher than for women.
Divorced men's remarriages, on the average, take place one year after the end of their previous marriages; divorced women's remarriages, an average of 14 1/2 months.