Wedding Dates HQ have released their results of the Ultimate Irish Wedding Survey and what better day than Valentine’s Day to explore the results? Grab a cup of tea and be prepared to justify those wedding extras you’ve been thinking about for weeks!
For the third year, Wedding Dates HQ surveyed 1000 engaged people all over Ireland about their upcoming nuptials, typically aged between 25-34. The vast majority of respondents (87%) were female, while 1 in 10 were grooms, most of whom were planning a 2020 or 2021 wedding.
Thinking of a summer weekend wedding in Ireland? You’re not alone. Wedding Dates HQ says: “Summer weddings are still a favourite with Irish couples with July overtaking June this year along with August as the most popular months to wed. This year it's neck and neck as to whether couples will opt for a Friday or Saturday at 42% each, with 9% opting for Thursday. Most people will still marry here at home but those opting to marry abroad or elope has risen slightly to 10%.”
Surprisingly, church weddings saw a small increase to 56% this year, with 27% opting for a Civil Ceremony at their venue. Humanist and Outdoor ceremonies account for 6% each, according to Wedding Dates HQ. When it comes to venues, hotels are still the most popular venue among 6 in 10 couples, however, 22% of couples now opt for Country Houses or Exclusive Use Venues.
Wedding Date HQ reports: “Some traditions still ring true with 48% telling us that their partner picked the ring and 4 in 10 couples will spend over €2,500 on the bling! With almost half of all couples spending more than €20,000 on their wedding, most couples rely on their savings to pay for their big day with around 10% taking out a loan. In fact, over 50% will spend >€65 per head on their guests' meal. When it comes to splashing the cash, the Venue is in the no.1 spot for budget allocation, followed by Food & Drink, Entertainment and Dress & Suits. Irish Weddings are getting bigger too with a whopping 40% inviting over 180 people and 30% of brides will have 4+ Bridesmaids!”
When it comes to wedding inspiration, this is mostly found online with Pinterest and Instagram being listed as favourites, however Wedding Fairs also remain popular. On the subject of 2020 trends Wedding Dates HQ says: “Along with the usual extras such as wedding favours and giant letters, some new trends are emerging including grazing tables, flower walls, balloons and food trucks. 1 in 10 couples will have an absolute ban on social media so guests beware of pulling out those phones!”
You can find Wedding Dates HQ on social media @weddingdates and check out their site along with their Bridal Platform at www.weddingdates.ie.