There’s a lot you could do with €26,000. Travel the world, put a deposit on an apartment, get the keys of a jeep, but many choose to blow this amount on one. single. day. Their wedding.
According to new figures, the average amount Irish couples spend on their big day is now €26,015.
This is a 7 per cent increase from last year’s average of €24,427, an extra €1,588.
So where does €26,015 go exactly? The couple’s venue is statistically the most expensive.
The figures, calculated by WeddingsOnline, show the average spend on a wedding venue in Ireland is €12,413, close to half their overall budget.
Hotels are still the most popular venue of choice. Two thirds (67 per cent) of Irish couples hold their reception at a hotel, while almost 19 per cent opt for a country house and 9 per cent splash out on a castle.
Getting the party started, and keeping it going long into the night, is another big expense.
The wedding band costs an average of €2,019, while couples spend much less (€434) on a DJ.
Photographers don’t come cheap either. An average of €1,597 is spent on the photographer and €1,283 on the videographer.
Of course, the wedding dress clocks up a considerable (and totally worth while) bill of around €1,787, plus €726 for bridesmaid dresses.
Then there’s €368 for makeup, €313 for hair and €1,068 on suits for the groom and groomsmen, bringing it to a total average of €4,262 on grooming and outfits for the bridal party.