The Average Cost Of An Irish Wedding Has Been Revealed And It's Bloody Huge

By James Fenton

January 30, 2017 at 3:43pm


Here comes the bride... as well as a bloody big bill. have released the findings of their latest survey which asked over 2,000 participants about how much they spent on their big day and the results are quite revealing. 

The average budget including honeymoon is a whopping €24,427 while half of the couples surveyed admitted to going over budget. 15% said said they spent €5,000 more than they had originally planned. Which brings the total up to close to a whopping €30,000.

The website broke the financial findings down into the following categories:

Venue €11,051
Wedding dress €1,706
Band €1,889
Photographer €1,530
Rings €1,525
DJ €364
Videographer €814
Entertainment €496
Honeymoon €5,028
Venues abroad €431
Accessories €459
Make Up Artist €936
Cake €314
Car/ horse and carriage €297
Decor €496
Wedding planner €150
Suits €773
Bridesmaid dresses €534
Hen and/or stag party €409
Hair stylist €285
Favours €193
Ceremony Music €331
Flowers €555
Stationery €327
Wedding Celebrant €297

Other findings include:

  • On average couples invite 159 guests and 26% opt for a bigger celebration with over 200 guests.
  • More and more couples are enjoying long engagements with over 25% of engaged couples waiting more than 2 years to get married. The average planning journey lasts 19 months.
  • Religious ceremonies are still the most popular (70%); however, they are down 4% on last year while humanist ceremonies (13% of weddings) are getting more and more popular. Civil ceremonies account for 17% of all weddings.

Know a couple who should start saving soon? Let them know in the comment section.

For a full list of survey results, click here. 

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