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Cashel Bride to be Pops the question on Beat Breakfast FM

Laura Sweeney pops the question on Beat FM and the answer was yes from her partner P.J. Colville. February 29th 2012 is a day that this romantic couple will always remember, so it looks like Wedding Bells In Cashel for Laura and P.J.

Congratulations to our happy couple, Laura Sweeney and PJ Colville from Cashel in Tipp who got engaged this morning on Beat Breakfast!

Laura appeared on air last week as “Kitty Cat” and was voted by listeners and our expert panel to be the one to take the leap on February 29th. A very nervous Laura travelled with Teresanne and the Audi A1 Beat Fleet to pop the question to PJ and thankfully, he said ‘yes!’

Laura and PJ went on to Steven Bourke Jewellery Design in Enniscorthy to pick out their handmade diamond engagement ring worth €2,500!

You can listen back to this morning’s events here.

Wedding Survey Results 2012

Here are the the results of a recent Wedding Survey on the average cost of Irish Weddings. It makes interesting reading for brides in Tipperary and Munster brides who are planning a wedding for 2012 and 2013.

Irish Wedding Survey 2012

Almost 1,350 brides and grooms were surveyed in detail which makes this Ireland’s largest and most comprehensive wedding survey to date. also estimates that the Irish Wedding industry is currently worth between €500 million and €1 billion annually!

What couple’s spent on their wedding in 2011



% Change

Ceremony Venue (including donations)




Reception Venue




Reception Band




Reception DJ












Wedding Planner / Coordinator




Wedding Dress




Bridal Party Attire




Wedding Jewellery




Beauty / Hair and Makeup




Florist / Décor




Invitations / Other Stationery




Wedding Cake




Ceremony Musicians / Singers




Wedding Day Transportation




Wedding Favours




Wedding Accessories / Candles




Miscellaneous Costs




The Honeymoon




Total Wedding Cost (including honeymoon)




Excluding honeymoon




The Wedding Survey also lists several other interesting findings for 2012 ; 

  • 9 out of 10 engaged couples say that their wedding plans have somehow been affected by the tough economic conditions. It looks as if conditions have worsened recently as 7 out of 10 couples who got married in 2011 said they had been affected by the recession
  • Overall cost of a wedding (excluding the honeymoon) has fallen from €23.4k in 2010 to €22.7k in 2011.
  • Last year’s Irish Wedding Survey 2011 predicted a fall in budgets for 2012 (engaged brides were asked to provide a total cost for their upcoming weddings). The cost looks set to fall again in 2013 and beyond.
  • December is by far the most popular month to get engaged. Just under 1 in 4 of all engagements happen in this one month. August is the second most popular month, but it is closely followed by October and September.
  • Engagements are longer now than they were a few years back. More than 1 in 5 couples are now engaged for more than 2 years before tying the knot.
  • Online wedding communities such as continue to be a hugely popular resource for helping couples to source and research their ideal suppliers for their weddings. This trend is continuing on an upward climb.
  • Couples who got married in 2011 have indicated that were more influenced by quality but price also played a major role when it came to deciding between wedding suppliers and venues. For couples who are still engaged, the new emphasis is actually on price.
  • The choice of reception venue and the photographer receive the highest spend priority during the planning. These are closely followed by the wedding dress and the band to play at the evening reception.
  • In terms of what DIY projects couples undertake; favours, stationery, accessories and providing transportation on the day are the most popular. The wedding dress is the item least likely to undergo the DIY treatment. The DIY trend is still huge.
  • Average guest numbers who were present for the full sit down meal were between 101 and 150.
  • 2011 saw a large increase in couples using web technologies to help plan their wedding. Almost half of the couples surveyed indicated that they encouraged RSVPs via email which represents a 25% increase since 2010.
  • Whoever said that social media is a waste of time? 28% of couples who got married in 2011 indicated that they sourced some of their suppliers directly through Facebook and Twitter. This is a sizeable increase from a figure of just 10% in the previous year. For engaged couples yet to marry, 37% indicated that they are using Facebook and Twitter to source some of their suppliers.
  • There has been a notable increase in the number of wedding receptions being held in restaurants (3.4% in 2011 compared to 1% in 2010).

As a Wedding Videographer in Tipperary I am happy to see that my Top Wedding Video Package is on a par with the price quoted in the 2012 Wedding survey. The best advice for planning your Wedding in Tipperary is to shop around for the best value for your money, which may not be the lowest price. The Wedding Video Packages that are offered by Drangan Video are all-in prices with no extra hidden costs. So the message is value for money and settle for nothing less than a full time, professional Tipperary Wedding Videographer. I record,edit and produce all my own work which will mean consistent quality and an indivdual and special style for your Wedding Video.