According to The business post, up to 40,000 couples could marry next year, twice as many as would normally be the case in a typical pre-pandemic year due to a backlog of marriages.
Analysis by The business post suggests that a backlog of 20,000 weddings last year and this year could result in an application for 40,000 weddings next year, potentially creating an unprecedented situation for the country’s wedding industry.
Figures on the number of marriage ceremonies registered in the past 18 months with the General Registry Office showed that only 9,188 took place last year.
This figure is less than half the annual average of the previous five years, with 21,500 marriages per year before the pandemic.
Only 2,369 ceremonies had taken place as of May 14 of this year, suggesting a similar pattern in 2021.
Talk to The business post, Tara Fay, a Dublin-based wedding planner, expects “40,000 weddings next year, twice as many in a typical year.
“We have a backlog of 20,000 weddings next year and then there are people who got married but are still hoping to have wedding parties next year.”
Some trends highlighted by Fay include the astronomical demand for dates which has led to a midweek run, and smaller weddings becoming more popular, not just because of the restrictions.
Indoor wedding receptions are currently limited to just six guests, with outdoor receptions limited to 25, with 50 people allowed at the ceremony.
The number allowed at a reception is expected to increase to 50 by July 5 and to 100 guests by August 2, in line with recommendations to reopen the national public health emergency team.
The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has valued the wedding market at over 1.5 billion euros for hotels alone, supporting 40,000 jobs.
Fay called for recognition of the value the wedding industry brings to the Irish economy, with better support from the government to manage a successful recovery in the coming year as restrictions are lifted.
“Weddings are worth a lot more than people think for the economy,” she said. “But there is huge unclear concern about the restrictions in place. We cannot, hand on our hearts, help people confidently plan a wedding for later this year. We know they might have it. 100 people but still don’t know what it can be music, is there a curfew in the room, will they have to sit some distance from each other? “
A recent survey of Irish wedding vendors among 500 people in the wedding industry, including hotels, venues, florists, photographers, videographers, marquee businesses, caterers, wedding planners and various vendors, estimated the entire wedding industry in Ireland to be worth € 2.3 billion per year.
“Suppliers are suffering right now,” Garret Buckley, CEO of EventHaus and organizer of the Wedding and Honeymoon Show told RDS.
“You can imagine the limo drivers, photographers or videographers who haven’t worked and all the sites closed, florists, caterers and even printers who haven’t had a business. trying to reopen are unstaffed and may I am unstaffed at the moment This has been a huge success for this industry.
“I think there are a lot of suppliers, especially those who work in the industry part-time, who just haven’t made it through 2021 who won’t be on the other side,” he said. he declares.
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