Survey: What Irish couples spend on their weddings? Aug ’14

by audrey

Have you seen a wedding survey recently? Anyone who has gotten married will, more than likely, have struggled with their wedding budget. The majority of Irish couples are getting married for the first time so it’s pretty easy to forget something on the list.

It was therefore very interesting to see the results from the 4th annual wedding survey conducted by popular wedding forum Even after you’ve gotten married it’s intriguing to compare costs, however, it’s really important to be aware of average prices when planning your up-coming wedding. Information is King!

Image courtesy of Pinterest and project

Image courtesy of Pinterest and project Venue average spend is €9,825

Since did the survey, with 2,276 brides and grooms, we will take a step back and simply take a look at their 2014 results.

Key findings arising from Irish Wedding Survey 2014

  • Couples have started to spend a little bit more on their weddings. In 2013, the overall average increase in spend is 2.6% over what couples spent on getting married in 2012.
  • While spend has shown an increase for the venue, band, the dress, stationery, transport and the honeymoon, our 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. We wouldn’t be surprised to see speeches beforehand taking the lead in next year’s survey.
Image courtesy of Pinterest &

Image courtesy of Pinterest & Cake average spend is €340

  • Venue: €9,825
  • Band: €1,840
  • DJ: €350
  • Photographer: €1,435
  • Videographer:  €955
  • Wedding Dress: €1,570
  • Bridemaid Dresses: €550
  • Suits for the Men: €625
  • Ceremony Musicians / Singers: € 415
  • Cars / Other Transportation: €420
  • Makeup Artist: €265
  • Hair Stylist:  €235
  • Jewellery: €510
  • Décor: €425
  • Florist: €615
  • Cake: €340
  • Invitations / Other Stationery: €340
  • Favours:  €225
  • Accessories / Candles: €125
  • Hen / Stag Party: €470
  • Honeymoon €4,955
  • Miscellaneous Costs: €1,170
Average spend on a wedding dress is €1,570. Courtesy of Vera Wang on Pinterest &

Average spend on a wedding dress is €1,570. Courtesy of Vera Wang on Pinterest &

To read about this survey in more depth please look at their website:

Average spend on Bridesmaid dresses is €550. Image courtesy of Pinterest and wed

Average spend on bridesmaid dresses is €550. Image courtesy of Pinterest and

Written by Audrey Vance

Owner & Illustrator at Wedding Dress Ink

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