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Saving for a Wedding

Make your big day a dream day.

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Congratulations, you’re getting hitched! Now comes the excitement of planning your big day, and the realisation that weddings can be super expensive. But the perfect wedding you’ve always dreamt of could be closer than you think.

Our savings tips and tricks can help you reach your all-important savings goal so you and your loved ones can make the most of your special day.

How much will I need?

The average cost for a wedding in Ireland, including the honeymoon cost is €29,812 with 45% of couples going over their budget and 84% spending over to 5K more than they intended to. (Source:

Simple tips to help you reach your savings goal:

  1. Start a countdown. Start a countdown to your wedding day on your phone. There are lots of fun countdown apps you can choose from.
  2. Motivate yourself! Pin pictures of your dream wedding, including dresses, tuxedos, wedding cars, venues, invitations, hairstyles, bouquets, cakes etc. onto a Pinterest board. Or just stick some pictures onto the kitchen fridge instead!
  3. Start saving early. The earlier you start, the less you’ll have to put away each month to reach your goal.
  4. Top up your savings. Some months you might have a little extra disposable income, in that case, think about topping up your savings rather than splurging on something that doesn't contribute to your wedding goals. Adding money to your savings account is easy in Open24 Online Banking and our Mobile Apps.
  5. Open a separate savings account just for your wedding. Seeing your wedding fund increasing each month in a separate savings account will not only help to keep you motivated, but it will reduce the temptation to use your wedding savings for unrelated expenses. Just imagine seeing that number getting closer and closer to your goal each and every month!

The average price of an Irish wedding 
including a honeymoon is



increase from the previous year

When should you 
get married?

Choosing a less popular month means
you'll have more bargaining power.

Friday / Saturday

Most popular 

April to December

Most popular


Least expensive


Most popular 

to pop the question

Wedding Savings Timeline

Set up a joint savings account
Engagement & Wedding Rings

12-18 months before

Venues (Reception)

6 months before

Start wedding invitation list
Wedding Dresses & Bridal Attire
3 months' notice to Relevant Statuary Bodies

3 months before

Post wedding invitations
Finalise your Menu
Wine & Drink Catering
Food Catering

0-2 months before

Final payment for most services

After the wedding


Engagement & Wedding Rings
Book venue (reception)
Book photographer & videographer
Wedding band
Wedding Dress & Bridal Attire
Post wedding Invitations
Hen and/or stag party
€240 p/p
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How you know you’re at an Irish Wedding 

Irish weddings are a thing of beauty. While you'll always have the usual stuff,  like fabulous dresses, teary-eyed onlookers, bouquet throwing and emotional first dances, here are a couple of things that set Irish weddings apart from the rest.

  • Betting on the speeches
  • “Beef or Salmon?”
  • Dancing to the Galway Girl
  • Ties around the head

So, whether you're a friend from abroad, or a visitor from another planet, if you notice any of these things you'll know you're at an Irish wedding!

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Give us a call on 0818 50 24 24 or +353 1 212 4101 (from abroad) and our dedicated team will assist you. Lines are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays), and from 10am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday.

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