The Big Day
A survey we undertook with The Bride of the Year Show has revealed the average cost of an Irish wedding costs €25,000
The Bride of The Year Show survey explored wedding trends across Ireland and revealed some interesting statistics:
- 65% of all weddings going €5000 over budget
- Parents still play a big part in financing their children's weddings
- 35% of couples get financial assistance from their parents
- 5% of couples let their parents pay for the whole event
- 57% of couples fund their wedding themselves Ireland was the top country for proposals with 61% saying ‘yes’ in their home country; 11% in the UK and 28% overseas.
One in ten couples both now contribute to buying the engagement ring.
- 20% spend over €5,000 on a ring
- 24% spending €5,000
- 32% spent €3,000
- 87% of partners were solely responsible for paying for the ring
Sara Kennedy, Wedding Blogger from the Irish Wedding Blog and host of the ‘I Do’ School, a new feature taking place at the Bride of The Year Show comments: “The millennial generation are getting married later in life, when they are more financially independent.
"They are in a position to be able to ‘host’ their own wedding, and no longer see it as solely their parent’s financial responsibility.
"They are rising to the challenge exercising their ability to be creative, motivated by things like local sourcing, ethical production and a great authentic experience.”
Kennedy continues; “Two-day weddings and personalisation trends are on the rise and are having costly implications.
"Increasingly, brides and grooms want to tell their story through ‘themes’, and they are becoming extremely imaginative.
"Everything, from the stationery and the decorations to the food and drinks menu can be personalised, and that doesn’t come cheap.”
The Bride of the Year Show
The findings from the survey come ahead of the Bride of the Year Show which will open its doors this weekend.
Taking place at the RDS, the show will be home to more than 150 wedding suppliers all gathered under one roof.
New for 2019 is the introduction of the ‘I Do School’ – two days of workshops for brides and grooms-to-be, hosted by wedding blogger Sara Kennedy from the Irish Wedding Blog.
Also new to the show is the ‘Something New, Something Blue Village,’ a dedicated area for artisan and craft exhibitors to showcase their handcrafted goods.
The Bride of the Year Show will open its doors at 11am on Saturday 26th January and runs until 5pm on Sunday 27th January 2019.
Tickets cost €15 and can be purchased at the door.
For more information click here.