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The Wedding Survey 2023

Check out the results of the weddingsonline Wedding Survey 2023! With the latest wedding trends and insights into post-covid wedding and hen party planning.

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A wedding party showing a couple that took part in the wedding survey
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The weddingsonline Wedding Survey results for 2023 are here and, after such a tumultuous 2021/22, it’s not surprising to see big shifts in wedding and hen party trends in Ireland.

Throughout the pandemic, thousands of weddings and hen parties were postponed (sometimes multiple times). Here at The Foxy Hen, we are still booking groups in for hen do’s for these groups into late 2023 and early 2024 as those delayed weddings finally get their day.

The one thing that hasn’t changed is that planning a hen party and handling all of the money is still stressful if you don’t have help. If you’re organising a hen weekend away in 2023 or 2024, let us know what you’re thinking! We’d love to keep it stress-free and fabulous for you and your group.

The survey highlights

Infographic showing the most interesting statistics from the weddings online wedding survey from 2023. See text below the image to see the statistics.
All data courtesy of weddingsonline.
  • Engagements are getting longer, with 57% of engagements now lasting over 18 months
  • The average wedding budget in Ireland was €29,550
  • The average cost of a hen party in Ireland was €202 per person
  • 56% of couples went over their planned budget
  • 43% of couples chose to have a religious ceremony, which is the first time this has fallen below half
  • 21% of proposals took place in December, which is by far the most popular month to pop the question!
  • 63% of couples chose to go on a Mini-Moon in Ireland before a honeymoon a few months later
  • 63% of couples chose to have 4-8 members in their wedding parties
  • The average number of weddings guests was 142 people

Our favourite wedding survey quote

“Make more decisions to suit [you], not everyone else.”

– A weddingsonline survey participant

Average spending on weddings

Over 1200 couples were quizzed for the 2023 wedding survey and they fessed up how much they spent (or will spend) on each part of their wedding and their hen and stag do’s. You can take this as inspiration or maybe use it as a goal to work down from…

The hen party

  • Hen & Stag (per person): €202

The bling

  • Engagement Rings: €3118
  • Wedding Rings: €1552

The reception

  • Band: €2247
  • DJ: €687
  • Photographer: €1856
  • Videographer: €1592
  • Drinks Reception Entertainment: €647
  • Evening Entertainment: €966
  • Photobooth / Selfie mirror: €546

Lookin’ pretty

  • Wedding Dress: €1807
  • Makeup (bride only): €104
  • Makeup (per bridesmaid): €73
  • Hairstyling (per bride): €91
  • Hairstyling (per bridesmaid): €68
  • Bridesmaid Dresses (per bridesmaid): €270
  • Beauty Treatments (teeth, botox, tanning): €423
  • Accessories: €392
  • Price per suit: €287
  • Average number of suits bought: 4.6

The ceremony

  • Ceremony Music: €567
  • Celebrant or other Officiant: €501

Other costs

  • Wedding Planner: €1899
  • Wedding Car: €638


  • Wedding Cake: €444
  • Foodie Treats: €399


  • Décor (Ceremony): €542
  • Décor (Venue): €906
  • Flowers: €751
  • Invites: €282

The honeymoon

  • Honeymoon: €5962


Taking the pulse of couples getting married in Ireland in 2023 through the weddingsonline wedding survey is even more important as we come out of COVID-19 and look ahead to the future of hen parties and weddings.

Are you planning a wedding and a hen party? We’d love to hear from you about your plans!

Need help with your Hen Party?

If you’re in hen research mode, check out all of our hen party destinations and hen party ideas.

For help booking your hen weekend or to discuss your ideas, chat with us live during office hours, submit a quick enquiry or contact us for any other queries.


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