Love is in the air here at WeddingDates HQ as we release our 2019 Ultimate Irish Wedding Survey in time for Valentine’s Day. Is your wedding following the latest trends? Check out some of our key findings below, you might be surprised…
Who did we hear from?
We surveyed 1,400 engaged people all over Ireland about their upcoming nuptials, two-thirds of whom already had their Venue booked. The vast majority of them fell into the beautiful bride category (90%) aged 25-34. Almost 80% of these millennial brides were in the middle of planning a 2019/2020 Wedding while 10% were still undecided.
When & Where will they say ‘I do’?
Summer weddings are still a favourite with Irish couples with August and June topping the bill. Last year we saw Friday emerge as the most popular day to wed but Saturday has taken over again now with 44% of respondents. Most people will still marry here at home but those opting to marry abroad or elope is on the rise. Just over half will have a church wedding as we continue to see the rise of civil ceremonies and other non-traditional blessings.
What’s the budget breakdown?
Some traditions still ring true with 48% telling us that their partner picked the ring – two-thirds will spend up to €5,000 on the bling! With 45% spending more than €20,000 on their wedding, most couples rely on their savings to pay for their big day. 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. This year we asked the per head cost for the venue and 35% said they’d be spending €50-65 and 25% said €65-80. Not too shabby! Big Irish Weddings are still popular with 31% inviting over 180 people! It’s no wonder 41% don’t plan to invite any evening guests with so many attending the day itself.
What’s the venue verdict?
While Hotels are still the most popular venue choice, they are declining in popularity in favour of Country Houses/Exclusive Use Venues. Venues certainly need to roll out the red carpet when the happy couple comes to call as 71% will visit just 3 venues or less before making their decision. The traditional sign down meal is still the favourite in Ireland and most brides describe their style as traditional or romantic. No wonder 46% of them will have a candy cart! Check out our Infographic for some top facts!
Take a look at our infographic below and see if your wedding is following this year’s latest planning trends!