The findings of Ireland’s largest and most-comprehensive wedding survey were released today. In compiling the survey Mrs2be interviewed almost 2,300 brides and grooms to learn about their habits and attitudes towards getting married in Ireland today.
Mrs2Be is an active online community for couples planning their wedding in Ireland or abroad. Their website provides regular doses of bridal inspiration and a directory of wedding suppliers and venues. The website was launched in 2009 and quickly became one of Ireland’s most popular wedding resources.
The survey found that in 2013, couples spent an average of €19,625 on their wedding (not including honeymoon). Including the honeymoon, the average spend in 2013 was €24,045). In 2012, the spend was €17,690 (not including honeymoon) and €22,498 including the honeymoon.
Other key findings include: While spend has shown an increase for the venue, band, the dress, stationery, transport and the honeymoon, the survey has shown a slight decline in other areas (e.g. the photographer, videographer and wedding DJ).
Engagements appear to be getting shorter. In last year’s survey, the majority of couples were to be engaged for two years or longer. This year, the majority fall into the 13 to 18 months category.
Almost 1 in 4 couples now live together for more than 5 years before getting married.
Almost 1 in every 4 couples DO NOT get married in a church.
December is by far the most popular month to get engaged. February follows in second position.
No major change in age of the couples, late twenties for the bride and early thirties for the groom is the norm.
The most preferred number of bridesmaids is 3.
Approximate spend per head on the wedding meal falls into the €51 to €60 category.
Typical number of guests seated for the wedding meal is 101 to 150.
About 1 in 6 couples are thinking about taking out wedding insurance.
Good news for nervous public speakers, having the wedding speeches before the meal is becoming increasingly popular. The preference for having speeches after the meal still takes the lead, but only just. Don’t be surprised to see speeches beforehand taking the lead in next year’s survey.
Thanks to Keith Malone for the results of the survey – the details of which you can view in full here: http://www.mrs2be.ie/wedding-business/irish-wedding-survey-2014/