2017 Hot Press Wedding Special Featuring:
Weddings ain’t what they used to be! Neither is marriage, for that matter. No longer a life sentence for the begetting of as many children as possible, the ideal marriage these days is an egalitarian partnership.
Most importantly, in Ireland this time-honoured institution is now open to any loving couple, whatever their gender or sexual orientation. Far from being a threat to marriage, marriage equality for LGBTQ couples only served to make the idea of getting hitched more appealing to a far greater number of people.
Weddings, like everything else, are subjected to the prevailing winds of fashion. While the traditional touches — the fancy dress, dinner, dancing, bridesmaids and groomsmen — are unlikely to disappear any time soon, contemporary couples don’t necessarily do things by the book.
Some of our contemporary wedding trends come from the United States, and through new technology. Pinterest and Instagram are both sources of inspiration, and it’s not unusual for the big day to be documented across social media. Savvy couples even use special hashtags to keep track of all the photos, posts and tweets. We are in an ever-more interconnected world and, in this instance at least, it is a good thing...
Another notable trend is that these days, couples living in urban areas are more likely to have their wedding in the city. Not only does it give them a great variety of venues to choose from, it’s more convenient and less expensive for family members and friends based in the city too. Venues like Dublin’s chic Medley, located right in the heart of the city on Fleet Street East, offer great food in a super-stylish setting. Their private event space in the mezzanine appeals equally to foodies and fashionistas.
Irish couples are also getting married later. On average, brides and grooms are around 33 and 35 years old respectively. This means they are more likely to pay for the wedding themselves, or contribute money towards it. Because of their financial involvement, couples want a wedding that reflects who they are and what they believe in. A civil ceremony can have any theme a couples wants — from Star Wars to scuba diving! Indeed, even couples getting married in church like to add personal touches that reflect who they are and their relationship.
Here at Hot Press, we’ve brought together some of Ireland’s most creative and interesting wedding specialists. You’ll find everything from venues to photographers and service providers to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. The rest is up to you!