St Valentine's Day survey finds that Sunday weddings and civil ceremonies on the rise

Leinster Express Reporter


Leinster Express Reporter

With Valentine’s Day here, getting engaged to be married is likely to be on the minds of many couples! surveyed more than 1,100 people to find out what couples are planning for their special day. 

Everybody loves a summer wedding, right? Well, June weddings are still really popular at 12% and August is the top month to get married in Ireland (14%). Friday is now the most popular day to wed but Thursday is becoming a strong contender now with 1 in 7 tying the knot on a Thursday!

According to WeddingDates CEO & Founder Ciara Crossan: “We’ve noticed some really interesting trends over the past year, such as the rise of Thursday and even Sunday weddings. We also see couples pushing their wedding date out by a full year or holding off making a booking as they focus on buying a home in a rising property market”.

Home is still where the heart is with 94% heading down the aisle here in Ireland after an average engagement of 1-2 years. Civil ceremonies and blessings are becoming much more the norm now with Church weddings accounting for just over 50%. Couples really know what they want too visiting on average just 3 venues before making a decision.  

“Couples, understandably, want to feel super special on their day and so knowing that their venue only hosts one wedding is the most important factor to them when choosing a venue, quickly followed by the quality of the food and value for money”.

Speaking of money, 57% spend more than €15,000 on their wedding excluding their honeymoon and 2 in 5 spend over €2,500 on the engagement ring. Mini-moons are rising in popularity too, with many couples planning their big getaway after the wedding is over.

So, what about posting those lovely wedding pics of the happy couple on social media? Almost 80% of people believe it is not OK to post photos on social media before the wedding party. In fact, 1 in 6 couples will have an outright ban on social media for their wedding with a further 35% having a ban on it for the morning of the wedding ceremony.