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Waterford Couples enforce a Social Media Ban on their Wedding Day

With Valentine’s Day here, getting engaged is likely to be on the minds of many couples! At WeddingDates.ie we love hearing all about what couples are planning for their special day. We spoke to more than 1,100 people *throughout Ireland and here’s what they told us!

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.

According to Ciara, "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.

ABOUT WEDDINGDATES

WeddingDates (http://www.WeddingDates.ie) is a free online service that helps couples across Ireland and the UK to find their dream wedding venue.

WeddingDates.ie is celebrating 10 years in business this year. WeddingDates is more than just a directory or online wedding community. It is a unique platform with date availability linked directly to the booking systems of over 600 venues throughout the Ireland and the UK. This allows newly engaged couples to search for date availability in their chosen venue and send an enquiry directly to that venue’s wedding co-ordinator.

With over 230k users on WeddingDates.ie last year and over 10,000 weddings booked via the platform, it’s a key site for any bride to be or wedding venue. It also brings a whole host of wedding suppliers together in one spot making life easier for couples along with handy hints and tips from our blog and planning sections.

*Research undertaken in January & February 2018 among 1,147 respondents throughout Ireland via Survey Monkey.

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