Biggest regret of brides and grooms on their big day? Letting family and friends interfere with the wedding plans.
A survey of more than 2,000 couples found hotel weddings are still the most popular, most couples go abroad for their honeymoon and social media is on the rise when it comes to planning the big day.
Almost one in five cash-strapped Irish couples are forced to take out a loan to pay for their wedding.
The survey by wedding website weddingsonline found the average budget for a wedding, including the honeymoon cost, is €21,219. Just 5% of those surveyed said they would shell out over €30,000.
A total of 18% said they were looking to take out a loan to help cover the cost and 21% shared the costs with their parents.
The survey found that civil non-religious weddings are becoming increasingly popular, with more than a quarter opting for a civil ceremony or humanist wedding over a church ceremony. This is up 3% from 23% in 2014. A total of 74% opted for a church wedding.
On average couples invite 151 guests to their big day with 20% opting for a bigger wedding with more than 200 guests. Some 38% spend over €60 per guest on the meal, while the average price per head is €60.03.
Two thirds of couples still opted for the more traditional hotel wedding while, 18% chose the popular country house and 8% a castle.
When asked what factors were most important when booking wedding suppliers, 50% of couples ranked quality as their top priority, 25% ranked reviews and recommendations as most important and 15% ranked price as their deciding factor.
Social media is also increasingly coming to the fore as a tool used by couples when planning their big day, with 53% using Facebook and 66% using Pinterest to help them with their preparations.
Instagram is also becoming increasingly popular, with 12% of couples using this platform to help plan their wedding — up 130% on 2014.
However the more traditional wedding fairs and bridal magazines are losing out, with wedding fairs down 2% and wedding magazines down 10% on last year.
Saturday is still the most popular day to get married (40%), followed by Friday (39%), while couples still favour the summer to tie the knot, with August the most popular month (15%), closely followed by July (14.6%).
The average age for brides is 31, while the groom’s average age is 32.5 , with 6% of grooms waiting until they’re in their 40s to get hitched.
Just 8% of couples got married abroad, while 11% considered a destination wedding but decided to stay at home.
With 90% of couples choosing to honeymoon abroad, the most popular spots to relax after the stressful day include Italy, USA and the Maldives .
Some of the regrets expressed by the surveyed brides and grooms included letting family and friends interfere with plans, not starting saving earlier and not hiring a videographer.
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