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by John-Paul De Gance

October 20, 2019 12:00 AM

Marriage season is in full swing. Early autumn has become the most popular season to marry, as more and more couples choose an October wedding. In fact, October lays claim to three of America’s most popular wedding dates.

Unfortunately, fewer and fewer people are choosing to tie the knot. In 2017, only half of all Americans aged 18 or older were married — down from 72% in 1960.

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