Are you thinking of having a Destination Wedding in Ireland? Whether your spend is large or small one of the first things you should do is create a budget but the good news is a destination wedding in Ireland is sure to be more cost effective than a wedding back home! Today we share our top tips on “How To Budget For A Beautiful Destination Wedding in Ireland


Drawing up the Budget for your Destination Wedding in Ireland

Guidelines for your budget

  • Reception – 50%
  • Attire – 10%
  • Photo & Video – 10%
  • Flowers & Décor – 10%
  • Transportation – 1%
  • Stationery /Favors /Gifts- 5%
  • Entertainment- 10%

Don’t forget to include Additional Items such as :

  • Flights /travel to your destination
  • Honeymoon
  • Welcome Party /Rehearsal Dinner
  • Pre /post wedding activities for your guests

The Guest List For Your Destination Wedding

Draw up your guest list and while initially you may feel it needs to be streamlined remember for a destination wedding you can expect up to 50% wash down.

When to have your Destination Wedding in Ireland

Opt to have your wedding in the Off Peek/Shoulder Season ensuring a less expense for you & for your guests traveling for your destination wedding. Ireland enjoys a moderate climate making it ideal for a wedding almost any time of the year.

The Wedding Day

Choose a Sunday or Weekday as opposed to a weekend day.All your guests are traveling so will suit many of them to travel Friday / Saturday for your wedding on Monday and they can be back at their desk in New York on Tuesday !

Prioritize The Spend For Your Destination Wedding

What are the must haves & what are the would be nice if budget permits for your destination wedding in Ireland .


Activities For Guests Attending Your Destination Wedding 

Choose a resort venue with lots of activities or a venue in a village/small town so your guests will have lots to do to amuse themselves ensuring you don’t have to put on too many activities.

The Venue For Your Destination Wedding

Choose a beautiful venue with lots of character such as a castle or manor house in Ireland and you won’t have to have a huge outlay on décor & styling if you don’t want to as the venue will already be magical.


All Inclusive Packages For A Destination Wedding

Opt for a classic all inclusive packages at your venue, quite often they include pre dinner cocktail, canapés, dinner, wine, champagne toast, stationery, table linens & floral centrepieces. As your wedding planner we can provide you with an exclusive package for the entire wedding from ceremony to reception and all in between ensuring you know your exact spend from the outset.

Beverages – Open Bar For A Destination Wedding

  • Beer & Wine Open Bars are very acceptable and will keep your costs in check.
  • If you would like to have a full open bar you can always serve non top shelf liquor along with the house wine & beers
  • Serve Sparkling Wine rather than Champagne
  • Limit cocktails your serve and perhaps don’t serve doubles or shots



Accommodation Costs For Your Destination Wedding 

You can negotiate a better accommodation rate at your wedding venue if you reserve a block of rooms which will also encourage lots of your guests to stay at the venue increasing the party feel to the occasion. If you feel the room rate at your venue is a little high for some of your guests perhaps supplement it.

Rehearsal Dinner

  • Reduce costs by having an informal event such as a BBQ or a cocktail party.
  • Combine a welcome party & the rehearsal event into one event.
  • Host a dinner for your wedding party & close family only and follow it with an informal “pint in the pub” Irish style for all guests!

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