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Published on October 9th, 2013 | by Kelly Rose Bradford

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No sex please, we’re married

This gave us a giggle in the resolutely single Parenting Solo office today.

A poll of 2,128 newlyweds found 52 per cent didn’t have sex on their wedding night. And the main reason? Drunkenness!

Researchers found a staggering (quite literally) quarter of the grooms they surveyed had been too pickled to perform, while 13 per cent of brides had knocked back one too many Babychams and were unfit for frolics.

The study – which was undertaken by the Voucher Codes Pro website – also found that one in ten couples had a row before the reception finished, resulting in a sex ban on the big night.

And astonishingly, nearly one in five (17 per cent) of couples admitted they had waited more than THREE DAYS after taking their vows to consummate their marriage! (We are wondering if any of those three-day-waiters considered having the marriage annulled by day two…)

A Voucher Codes Pro spokesperson said the study highlighted ‘the emphasis of wedding night sex for married couples is no longer a huge factor’, and that it was probably down to ‘such a large proportion of couples have been living together for years’.

Those No Wedding Night Nooky results in full:

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)

And looking at that list, we reckon that 1, 3, 4, 5 and 9 could also be reasons why 42 per cent of UK marriages end in divorce, too…

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About the Author

Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.



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