TELEGRAPH.CO.UK - Aug 10 - The average age of women who tied the knot in England and Wales in 2008 was 33.8 and 36.5 for men, which rose to 35.8 and 38.1 in 2018, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is partly due to the surge of so-called "silver splitters", those who divorce then remarry in later life. The number of brides and grooms aged 65 and over has increased more than any other age bracket in the past decade. Between 2004 and 2014, there was a rise of 46% from 7,468 to 10,937. The numbers have been steadily rising from 2009 onwards. Access to dating websites and financial independence are among the reasons suggested for this surge in later life marriage. Fewer young people getting married, the overall number of marriages in England and Wales is currently at its lowest level since 2009.