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Monday 23 October 2017

Big day is getting a whole lot bigger for post crash Irish brides

Post recession Irish brides and grooms want bigger guest lists, bigger venues and bigger budgets.

Ireland's wedding industry is experiencing a huge boost in business in recent times.

After years of keeping wedding planning as homemade and budget-conscious as possible, it appears as if the big day is getting even bigger.

Couples planning their nuptials are looking at major hotels for their reception - with 46pc choosing this type of reception venue, followed by boutique hotels at 17.8pc and private houses at 11pc.

Budgets have also been pushed up after the tight days of the recession with the average spend listed at €20,000.

And the vast majority plan on inviting between 100 to 200 people to their wedding day.

A total of 39.7pc have sent out invites to 100-150 people to join them to mark their first venture into wedded bliss while 11.7pc count on over 200 guests on their big day, according to the survey by weddingjournalonline.com.

The survey results suggest that the Irish bride-to-be is particularly discerning and doesn't like leaving things to chance, especially when it comes to her engagement ring.

An incredible 48.8pc admitted to choosing their own ring.

But there is some relief for Irish fiances, the modern bride's taste in rings seem fairly modest with over 52pc spending under €2,500 on their engagement ring, and just 12pc spending over €5,000.

According to the online Mr & Mrs survey ahead of The Wedding Journal Show in the City West Complex this weekend, Saturday remains the most popular day of the week to get married and half of the couples are aged between 26 to 30 when walking up the aisle. And 93pc of respondents said they were marrying in Ireland.

Over 14,000 brides and grooms-to-be identified some surprising results in terms of fashion.

Tradition

The modern bride is clearly looking to tradition with 76pc wearing a wedding veil. And a-line wedding dresses are the most popular wedding dress style, chosen by 27pc of brides, with fishtail and ballgown also scoring high.

The number of marriages in the country is falling, according to the Central Statistics Office which said that the marriage rate is at its lowest level since 1998. The most up to date figures from 2010 saw that 20,594 couples got hitched - and 3,113 divorces were granted.

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