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Weddings

Couples engaged for longer as weddings "hit by recession"

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the recession has led to the cost of Irish weddings falling – but they still cost more than €20,000 on average, a new survey shows.

NINETY PER CENT of Irish weddings have been “hit by the recession”, according to a survey of couples by an Irish wedding website.

After surveying 1,350 newlywed or engaged couples, wedding site Mrs2Be.ie found that more couples are remaining engaged for longer because of the cost of putting on a wedding during the recession.

Of the newlywed couples surveyed, those who got married last year said they were more influenced by quality than price when it came to deciding on a venue and wedding suppliers.

The average cost of an Irish wedding – not including the honeymoon – has fallen by €700, from €23,400 in 2010 to €22,700 last year.

Ways to save money while wedding planning included encouraging people to RSVP by email, which is up 25 per cent since 2010, and going the DIY route.

Irish couples are likely to make their own favours, stationery and accessories, but not very likely to go the DIY route when it comes to the dress.

Keith Malone, co-founder and CEO of Mrs2be.ie said:

This survey is quite revealing as it shows that despite the recession, couples are still willing to spend quite a bit of money to tie the knot. We’re noticing an increase in the number of couples who are using web technologies to source and research their suppliers and even for handling RSVPs.

The Irish wedding industry is estimated by Mrs2be.ie to be worth between €0.5 and €1billion annually.

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