When to wed – The best time of year to walk down the isle

By Jade Carpenter

Ahh Christmas time, one of the most romantic times of the year, handheld walks under the twinkly lights  on a frosty evening, cosy movie dates curled up in front of the fire with that special someone maybe some Ice- skating. Even every day activities seem more romantic once you add a bit of snow, waiting for the bus with your partner? SWOON.

With romance at an all-time high, it’s no wonder that winter is a popular time for proposals, so we decided to take a look at the most popular times of the year to get married to get all you future bride and grooms to be prepared should this winter bring you a ring…

According to the CSO the most popular month to tie the knot in 2018 was August, with 2,850 of all couples saying I do in the late summer month. The most popular day that month was Friday with many modern couples spreading celebrations over a weekend.

Duty manager in Killashee Hotel in Kildare, Jennifer Carroll said: “this is due to bright evenings and good weather, which makes for better photo opportunities. Brides and Grooms particularly seem to like the idea of having an outdoor wedding reception and this is usually not possible in the winter months.”

The least popular month of last year was January with 591 out of the total 21,253 starting off the year with their vows. The least popular day was Sunday, no one wants a Monday morning hangover after all.

Carroll said: “around Christmas and New Year’s, couples are attracted to the idea of a double celebration for the fairy tale of a white Christmas wedding. But come January to March, everyone is still recovering from the cost of Christmas and most couples would not tend to want to pressure their guests. Routines are back and it can be hard for people to get time off work. If you were planning your wedding during this period, you would probably receive discounts as the demand is low and organisations are keen to pick up business to kick off the new year.”

In 2018, 47.6% of all weddings had Catholic marriage ceremonies, with the second most popular ceremony being a civil marriage with 29.8% opting for this.

“I have noticed in recent years that some weddings are staying away from the traditional type. Couples are opting for in house ceremonies such as a civil or humanist. This means that there is less travelling involved for guests which gives them a longer time to enjoy the reception.

“Weddings can be personalised of course, with themes and gimmicks and are now being made into large social events with large amounts of money being spent bringing in dancers, candy carts and extravagant cakes.  There is that pressure to put on a show for your guests, but at the end of the day the experience will be enjoyable anytime of year with any size of budget, it’s a really special day.”

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