We recently conducted a survey of Irish wedding couples, in partnership with The g Hotel, Galway. You told us all about your fabulous weddings and how the planning was coming along…
We have just released the results of over 600 Irish brides and grooms, we found that the traditional Irish wedding is changing to keep up with contemporary couples and present-day financial reality. Check out the full results in our Infographic…
The finances of weddings are changing, too. In post-recession Ireland, 12% of couples will spend more than €30,000 on their wedding and honeymoon, but the bulk (22%) will spend between €25 – 30,000. These days, only 10% of couples can depend on parents to fund their wedding; 59% will pay for their wedding from their own savings, and 30% will fund their nuptials at least in part with loan debt. More than half (57%) of couples reported cutting on spending to stick to the budget, but while the modern bride is happy to trim favours (57%) or cut the guest list (10%) to save on costs, only 6% are willing to sacrifice when it comes to the all-important dress.
WeddingDates Founder and our fearless leader, Ciara Crossan commented on other significant changes revealed by the survey. “Almost half of all brides now do their wedding planning online, using wedding websites and social media like Pinterest and Instagram,” she noted. “And while June has long been believed to be ‘the’ month for weddings, our survey found that July and August are much more popular with today’s couples.”
Despite the changes in modern wedding mores, romance is far from dead, however: when deciding on a venue, a location with sentimental meaning for the couple was the biggest consideration at 34%. Couples pinpointed inflexibility, pushiness and hidden costs as the main issues encountered when searching for their perfect wedding venue.
Check out the full Infographic here.
The g Hotel, Co. Galway wedding venue very generously gave away 2 night’s accommodation in a Superior Room with breakfast each morning in the 2 AA culinary rosette Restaurant gigi’s AND a visit to the ESPA Thermal Suite!
The lucky winner was… Emer Hennessy!
Thanks to everyone who took part in our survey.