Ireland’s most popular wedding website, weddingsonline.ie, have revealed the country’s wedding opinions after announcing the results of their latest annual wedding survey.
The website asked 2,000 respondents to pass on their wedding plans to capture the current trends of marriages in the country.
The average total budget for a wedding including the honeymoon is up 6 per cent on last year at €22,531 (£17,137).
A total of 28 per cent take out a loan to help cover the cost while 22 per cent share the costs with their parents, and 72 per cent use their savings.
Religious weddings are still the most popular type of wedding ceremony (72.5pc) however humanist weddings (9.5pc) and civil ceremonies (18pc) have increased by 6 per cent since last year.
• 45 per cent spend over €60 per guest on the meal (increase of 18 per cent on last year)
• 38 per cent go over budget.
• On average couples invite 156 guests to their Big Day and 23 per cent opt for a bigger party with over 200 guests.
• Hotels (63pc) are still the most popular type of wedding venue followed by Country Houses (17pc) and Castles (8pc). However, this year we are seeing an increase in weddings taking place in restaurants, marquees or other alternative venues.
• December is still the most popular month to get engaged (26pc) with a slight increase on last year (7pc).
• On average couples wait 18 months between their engagement and wedding (19 months in 2015) and 4 per cent wait over 2 years.
• Saturday is still the most popular day to get married (42pc) followed by Friday (39pc) and Thursday (10.4pc).
• Irish couples’ favourite time of the year to get wed is Summer – July is the most popular month to get married this year (15.7pc) followed by September (11.9pc) and August (11.6pc). • The average number of bridesmaids is three for each wedding.
• The average age for brides tying the knot is 31 years of age while the groom’s average age is 33 years of age.
• More couples are opting for a wedding in Ireland. Eight per cent of couples opted for a wedding abroad while 27 per cent considered a destination wedding but went for a wedding at home instead.
• 90 per cent of newlyweds choose to honeymoon abroad and 55 per cent of them delay the honeymoon for a few months following the wedding.
• The top honeymoon destinations are the United States, Mexico and the Maldives.
• 42 per cent of couples opt for a mini-moon in Ireland.
• 62 per cent of couples spend over 3 hours a week planning their wedding.
• 84 per cent of brides said they would take their spouse’s name while 33 per cent of grooms surveyed said that they would be willing to do the same.