Irish couples are spending more on their weddings than they have done over the past few years, according to latest figures.
In a sign that the economy is picking up, Irish couples spent an average of €25,000 on their wedding day. That is an increase of 8% from the previous year.
The figures come from an online survey carried out by weddings online.
Weddings online surveyed over 2,000 people to reach their figures.
Over half of the people surveyed admitted that they went over budget. Nearly a fifth of people got into debt as a way of funding their weddings with 17% saying that they had used a bank loan.
Parents of the bride or groom helped with the cost in 21% of weddings, while 60% of couples said that they paid for their wedding themselves out of their savings.
The survey also revealed that the average number of guests to attend a wedding in Ireland was 159, while the average price for each guest’s meal was €66.
Couples also spent an average of €5,028 on their honeymoons.
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling