Can you guess how many couples fail to consummate their marriage on their wedding night?
According to a survey reported in this article on news.com.au more than half of couples (52%) fail to consummate their marriage on their wedding night.
The survey, commissioned by Voucher Codes Pro, uncovered the top ten reasons newlyweds don’t do the deed on their big day:
1. The groom was too drunk (24 per cent)
2. The bride was too tired and fell asleep (16 per cent)
3. The bride was too drunk (13 per cent)
4. Had to look after our children (11 per cent)
5. We had an argument before wedding reception ended (9 per cent)
6. Needed to leave for our honeymoon (9 per cent)
7. Stayed up all night partying/celebrating with guests (7 per cent)
8. The groom was too tired and fell asleep (4 per cent)
9. Neither of us felt like having sex (4 per cent)
10. Other (3 per cent)
52%! Is anyone else surprised by this number? And how interesting that it’s the grooms who are largely responsible for the lack of wedding night action. I mean, I know wedding night sex doesn’t necessarily have the same connotations that it did in the past, but it’s still an important part of the day. Isn’t it?
It was a few years ago now, but I distinctly remember my husband and I consummating our marriage twice after our wedding reception.The first time was not long after we’d collapsed onto the king size hotel bed, my hair half full of bobby pins I’d given up trying to pull out. The second was after we’d wolfed down some room service at 2am, realising we’d hardly eaten anything all day.
It wasn’t earth shattering sex. There weren’t any candles or rose petals. No Barry White. We were both exhausted and tipsy, our throats hoarse from talking and our cheeks sore from smiling. My feet were in agony thanks to my too-high bridal shoes and there was a welt on the back of my neck from where my dress had pinched all day. Not earth shattering in the slightest. But it was gentle and loving and fun.
We talked and laughed, debriefing the ceremony and the reception and giggling about all of the funny little things that had gone wrong. And all of the wonderful things that had been just right. And afterwards, we held one another, husband and wife in the quiet dark. The perfect ending to a perfect day. And the beginning of our new life.
Did you consummate your marriage on your wedding night? If not, why not?
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