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EXCLUSIVE: Brides named Elizabeth, grooms hitched at 34 and more Harvard grads married in Manhattan, dating app says

Couples featured in The New York Times' wedding section typically attended the same elite universities, Sapio found.
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A Manhattan wedding sounds glamorous and romantic, but did you know most couples who wed in the city do so at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. Looking for love? If you’re in your 30s, your name is Elizabeth or Michael and you’re a law associate who graduated from Harvard, love is right around the corner… or your announcement in The New York Times’ wedding section is imminent.

Sapio, a free dating app, conducted a study by combing through wedding announcements published in The New York Times from Jan. 4, 2015 to July 3, 2016. The study isn't necessarily an indicator of love in the city, as The Times' wedding section typically features the wealthy, well-known or prominent in some way.

“No one moves to New York to find love,” Erika Kaplan, a matchmaker with Three Day Rule, told Thrillist in June.

|<image-caption><p>Looking for love? If you identify with the couple in this graphic, you could be fe|GetSapio.com

“Men and women both move here for careers over relationships,” she added. “They take education seriously. They are responsible, smart, confident, and they want to be sure of who they are and where they are going before they pick a mate.”

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Maybe that’s why Sapio found that more brides and grooms are waiting until after the national average age to wed with brides holding off until age 32 and grooms waiting until they turn 34.

The most common names in the Times’ wedding announcement included Elizabeth, Jennifer and Sarah for the bride and Michael, David and Matthew coming in the top trio for the guys.

|<image-caption><p>New Yorkers are getting hitched later in life than other couples in the United Sta|GetSapio.com

Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania and Cornell came in as the top four universities attended by the couples who typically had at least a bachelor’s degree.

|<image-caption><p>The most commons names in The New York Times' wedding section are Elizabeth Smith |GetSapio.com

Not all New York couples are local with some of the bride’s and groom's parents living in Washington and Los Angeles, Sapio found.

|<image-caption><p>Harvard tops the list of the most common university for New York couples featured |GetSapio.com

Weddings are expensive, so it’s a good thing the couples tend to have high-paying jobs, according to Sapio. If mom and dad in Greenwich don’t pay for the nuptials, the average Times bride and groom are either law associates, doctors, marking managers or vice presidents in investment firms.

|<image-caption><p>Most of the brides' and grooms' parents live in New York City, but Washington D.C.|GetSapio.com

Sapio’s survey found that the Manhattan Marriage Bureau was the most common wedding location, perhaps due to the increase in elopementsnoted by ABC News. Others had an intimate affair at home or celebrated at The Liberty Warehouse, the Pierre Hotel and the Yale Club.

|<image-caption><p>Most brides and grooms are law associates, the study found.</p></image-caption>|GetSapio.com

Sapio also mentioned that The New York Times’ wedding section is considered “elite.” According to The Atlantic, if you hail from Greenwich, Connecticut, are a Congressional staffer or heterosexual, you have a higher rate of representation. If you’re an elite lawyer, you’re “insanely over-represented.”

|<image-caption><p>Where were most weddings held according to the announcements?</p></image-caption>|GetSapio.com

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