WEDDINGS are a notoriously expensive business and a new survey has revealed the true scale of soaring costs to newlyweds in Ireland.
The survey, conducted by Irish wedding website weddingsonline, found that Irish couples spend an average of €24,427 (£21,000) on their big day – an eight per cent increase on last year.
A totel of 2,000 newlyweds took part in the survey, with half of couples admitting that they went over budget in splashing out on their special day.
Seventeen per cent of newlyweds resorted to taking out a loan to help cover the astronomical costs of getting married in Ireland, while a fifth shared the load with their parents.
The majority of Irish couples, six-in-10, paid for their big day using their own savings.
The survey also revealed that the popularity of Friday weddings is on the rise as couples turn to less expensive options.
Unsurprisingly, Saturdays remain the most popular day of the week to get married.
Other findings revealed by the survey include the average number of guests at a wedding (159), the average age of brides (31) and the average age of grooms (33).
As for getting away after the big day, the average cost of a honeymoon was €5,028 (£4,300).
The vast majority of couples (91 per cent) chose to honeymoon abroad with the United States, the Maldives and Italy the three most popular destinations.
Some of the regrets expressed by newlyweds included not booking a videographer, listening to other people’s opinions too much, bringing too many people dress shopping and not wearing comfy shoes.
Here is what Irish newlyweds get for their money:
Wedding dress €1,706
Make Up Artist €260
Car/ horse and carriage €297
Wedding planner €150
Bridesmaid dresses €534
Hen and/or stag party €409
Hair stylist €285
Ceremony Music €331
Wedding Celebrant €297