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Larger Weddings Are Back, According to New weddingsonline Survey

weddingsonline, the country’s most popular wedding website have just announced the findings of their latest Irish wedding survey. It was based on over 1,900 participants and took place in January 2022.

After months of postponing and rescheduling, we’re excited to see that larger weddings are back, with the average number of guests being 153!

When it comes to choosing their supplier dream team and venues, couples say reviews are the biggest deciding factor. Only 9% based their decisions on price.

This year’s findings from the weddingsonline survey capture the current attitudes towards weddings in Ireland.

 

 

  • The average budget for a wedding including honeymoon is €29,812, up from last year’s €28,045.
  • Friday and Saturday are still the most popular days for weddings (73%), with Thursdays next in line.
  • 90% of weddings took place between April and December, with 57% of our participants getting married in 2022 and 24% getting married in 2023.
  • The most popular month to pop the question is December (25%). Engagements are very evenly spread throughout the rest of the year.
  • Couples are having longer engagements with a massive 47% of engaged couples waiting more than 2 years to get married.
  • 5% of couples are enlisting the help of a wedding planner.
  • Religious ceremonies are still the most popular (55%), while civil, spiritual and humanist ceremonies are on the rise.
  • Larger weddings are back, 153 being the average number of guests.
  • 91% of couples paid for the wedding themselves and 30% got a loan to help.
  • 45% of couples surveyed went over budget with 84% spending over to 5K more than they had intended to.
  • The average age for couples tying the knot is 34 for men and 32 for women.
  • 50% of couples chose either 6 or 8 in their wedding party.
  • The hotel venue remains the most popular choice at 70%, followed by the country house at 15% and then castles at 10%.
  • 42% of couples surveyed have their speeches before the meal. 
  • The Top 5 wedding counties are Cork, Meath, Kildare, Kerry and then Cavan.
  • 85% of couples honeymoon abroad with 65% waiting a few months after the wedding before they head off on their honeymoon.
  • 56% of couples will take a mini-moon in Ireland straight after the wedding.
  • The most popular honeymoon destinations are the Maldives, USA and Greece.
  • The decided factor for which suppliers to book was reviews (58%)favourite choice (33%), with only 9% stating that price was their deciding factor.
  • 67% of the couples surveyed paid for accommodation for parents, and 45% paid for accommodation for the wedding party.
  • 94% used weddingsonline and the Help I’m Getting Married Facebook group to plan their wedding. 98% would recommend weddingsonline to their friends. The top 3 social media platforms used were Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

 

How has Covid affected weddings?

  • 40% of couples say their wedding was affected by Covid.
  • 27% of couples surveyed postponed their wedding, with 16% of them postponing three times.
  • 67% postponed so that they could invite more guests.

 

The average spend in each category was as follows:

Engagement Rings: €3106

Wedding Rings: €1511

Band: €2232

DJ: €526

Photographer: €1779

Videographer: €1443

Wedding Dress: €1725

Ceremony Music: €473

Drinks Reception Entertainment: €546

Evening Entertainment: €734

Celebrant or other Officiant: €387

Makeup (bride only): €99

Makeup (per bridesmaid): €72

Hairstyling (per bride): €89

Hairstyling (per bridesmaid): €71

Wedding Planner: €1956

Bridesmaid Dresses (per bridesmaid): €212

Beauty Treatments (teeth, botox, tanning): €414

Accessories: €334

Price per suit: €280

Average number of suits bought: 4.5

Photobooth / Selfie mirror: €428

Wedding Car: €518

Wedding Cake: €350

Décor (Ceremony): €462

Décor (Venue): €721

Flowers: €747

Invites: €248

Foodie Treats: €281

Ceremony booklets: €141

Hen & Stag (per person): €204

Favours: €111

Honeymoon: €2872

 

 

For further information please contact:

Jonathan Bryans

01 905 9680

[email protected]

 

Featured image: Clanard Court HotelBokeh Photography & Film

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Kelly Jane Hartmann

Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.

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