Ireland's Wedding industry, like so many others, was severely affected by the pandemic, with the number of weddings held in 2020 down to 12,000, from the previous average of 22,000.
The livelihoods of people working in the Irish Wedding industry, like many other industries, were severely affected in 2020 and 2021.
However, there have been predictions by some in the Wedding Industry in Ireland, that it will take years to recover,and there has been a lot of doom and gloom.
DARAGH DOYLE FROM THE IRELAND WEDDING PLANNER PLANNED THE WEDDING OF BENITTE & ELODE FROM BELGIUM AT THE CLIFFS OF MOHER & FANNINGSTOWN CASTLE ADARE LIMERICK IN SEPTEMBER.
That's something that I don't buy into and the evidence on the ground does not support that theory.
2021 saw Weddings back up to 17,000.
Wedding numbers for 2022 are not yet available but I expect them to be well in excess of the pre pandemic average of 22,000.
In my work as a Wedding Planner planner and Wedding celebrant, I've been attending three to four weddings per week since last March.
I'm working with, and meeting many industry professionals.
They are all telling me how busy they are, and they are continuing to see strong demand into 2023 and 2024.
Has the pandemic changed Weddings in Ireland forever?
I don't believe so.
What it has done, I believe , is given people the confidence to have the type of wedding they really want.
Some couples prefer a small intimate Wedding, and the smaller weddings during the pandemic were the norm.
Couples now feel less pressured to have large Weddings to keep others happy, and to have large Weddings to invite people they don't even know that well, perhaps due to family pressures.
Equally some couples like a big day out surrounded by all their family and friends.
DARAGH DOYLE FROM IRELAND WEDDING PLANNER PLANNED THE WEDDING OF JENNIFER & VAJAY FROM INDIA AT THE
ANGLERS REST DUBLIN IN JULY OF 2022 & their photoshoot in Dublin’s Phoenix Park below:
DARAGH DOYLE FROM THE IRELAND WEDDING PLANNER PLANNED THE WEDDING OF STEPHEN & EOIN, AN IRISH COUPLE BASED IN THE UK, AT THE LYRATH IN KILKENNY, ON AUGUST 20th 2022.
THEY HAD EXACTLY THE WEDDING THEY WANTED WITH A LARGE OF GROUP OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS, HAVING POSTPONED ON TWO PREVIOUS OCCASIONS.
In the youtube video below Daragh DOYLE FROM THE IRELAND WEDDING PLANNER, describes the Wedding Planning process through the eyes of the Wedding of STEPHEN & EOIN AT THE LYRATH IN KILKENNY IN AUGUST 2022
The demand from international couples to come to Ireland to get married is strong and I'm looking forward to welcoming many couples from the US, Australia and Singapore to Ireland to plan their Weddings in 2023.
Ireland's Wedding industry is one of the most resilient and respected in the World, AND IT CAME ROARING BACK IN 2022.
The Wedding Industry is very important to the Irish economy worth up to 3.2 billion.
The Irish wedding industry is alive and well with a huge amount Of talent at its disposal, and it is recovering very well from the pandemic, in my experience.
We have immensely talented people operating right across the Wedding Industry in Ireland, and that coupled with the the beauty of our Country, and the stunning locations available , will always make Ireland a destination Wedding venue of choice for International couples also.
My diary is very busy for 2023, 2024, and 2025, and i believe that the Irish Wedding industry will go from strength to strength in the years to come.
DARAGH PLANNED THE WEDDING OF CHRIS FROM AUSTRALIA AND VIV ORIGINALLY FROM LIMERICK (Pictured above) WHO ARE BASED ABU DHABI, IN JULY 2022 IN THE DUNDAVAN ARMS IN ADARE CO LIMERICK.