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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Weddings

Last month
April 2023
Two in five couples who got married last year had a Catholic ceremony
That’s according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office today.
This year
# Personal Loans
People are taking on more debt for weddings, cars, and holidays as drawdowns up by 14%
Home improvement loans surpassed car loans in value for the first time in 2022.
All time
# Last Orders
Department clarifies that hotel bars must close at midnight - even for wedding guests
All activities associated with bars must cease at midnight, a spokesperson said.
# relaxed
Covid weddings: 11.30pm finish scrapped and now 10 can be at a table
Capacity limits at religious ceremonies have also been removed
# Weddings
Number restrictions on weddings and religious ceremonies lifted
The easing of restrictions had been cast into doubt by rising Covid case numbers.
# mass gatherings
No change to wedding guest limit, and 50% capacity at religious services until 22 October
As part of the government’s reopening plan, all restrictions on religious or civil ceremonies will be lifted on 22 October.
# Cabinet
Wedding guest limit will increase to 100 from 5 August, baptisms also to resume
Baptism ceremonies will also be allowed, but not the gatherings afterwards.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the guest limit at wedding receptions be increased?
Cabinet is to discuss how many people can attend weddings and whether vaccine passes might be used.
# receptions
August wedding guest increase at risk as Ireland is 'without a doubt' in fourth wave
Leo Varadkar said the limit for receptions “might change to 100″, but he would not advise people to “plan on that basis”.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said a final decision would be made next week on wedding numbers
The context for the decision is the 'challenging' increase in Covid-19 infections
Leo Varadkar says cases may peak at 3,000-4,000 per day in the coming weeks but ICU admissions may peak at a 'manageable' 40-50
Taoiseach says 'there's an obligation' on everyone to follow indoor dining rules ahead of Monday's reopening
Number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 rises above 100 for first time since May
# Weddings
Guests at wedding receptions to increase to 50 - but Tánaiste says communions and confirmations are 'off'
Leo Varadkar said communions and confirmations are “off, unfortunately”.
# Covid-19
Weddings: Number allowed at receptions set to increase to 50 from July 5th
Numbers are set to increase gradually in the coming months.
# northern hospitality
Restrictions have relaxed in the North today - with pubs and restaurants opening for indoor service
Tourism accommodation opens and indoor dining will resume in the North today.
From today, a maximum of six people can sit together inside pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Belfast's Grand Central Hotel general manager Stephen Meldrum said there has been "a marginal increase" in bookings over the last four weeks.
# roadmap
Guests at wedding ceremonies to increase to 50 on 10 May - but only six allowed at reception if indoors
From 7 June, the number of guests at a wedding reception can increase to 25 under the new roadmap.
# mass gatherings
50 people to be allowed at religious services from 10 May - but no communions or confirmations
In-person religious services will return from this date.
# reopening
Zoos and wildlife parks, tennis and golf: Here's what restrictions are changing today
Zoos and wildlife parks are permitted to reopen from today.
# rites of passage
Funeral mourners to increase to 25 next month but no word on weddings
From 26 April, the maximum attendance at a funeral will increase to 25 people.
# big day
Hoteliers suggest guest limit for weddings based on size of venue
The Irish Hotels Federation said this could allow social distancing to take place.
# Covid-19
Only six people can attend weddings from 3 January, and worship moves online from 26 December
Up to 10 mourners can attend a funeral.
# Covid-19
U-turn on mourners as 25 people will now be allowed at both weddings and funerals
Cabinet has agreed to a change in the Level 5 guidance.
# Weddings
Weddings with up to 25 attendees to be allowed under Level 5 restrictions
Cabinet signed off on new Covid-19 restrictions earlier today.
# Weddings
Here's how weddings will be affected under Level 4
Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan are to be moved to Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions.
# Grace period
Level 3 restrictions: No grace period for weddings booked for this week
It’s bad news for those with wedding plans this week.
# Level 3
Up to 50 people can attend weddings in Dublin this weekend, but down to 25 people from Monday
From Monday, a maximum of 25 people can attend weddings and funerals in Dublin.
# Living With Covid
'There's no legal restriction': Taoiseach repeats that the advice is not to leave Dublin, 'if possible'
Senior ministers took to the airwaves this morning as cases continue to rise in the capital.
# Fáilte Ireland
Updated guidance on weddings: All guests out of function room by 11.30pm and face coverings when leaving table
Fáilte Ireland updated its advice to the hospitality industry – including for weddings – on Monday evening.
# Weddings
Weddings of 50 people still permitted indoors 'until further decision made'
The government this evening unveiled a range of fresh guidance on social gatherings and sport.
# covid19
Q&A: Your questions about Ireland's Covid-19 restrictions and health advice answered
Phase 4 has been delayed and there are some new restrictions on the way – what does it mean for you?
# Phase Three
Weddings of 100 people will be possible indoors from 20 July
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made the announcement this evening.
# Marriage
No wedding bells for the time being as guidance on marriage ceremonies earmarked for later phases
Advice on weddings will be considered by health officials later.
# roadmap
'Highly unlikely' weddings of up to 100 people allowed by July, Simon Harris says
Small weddings are due to be permitted by 20 July, according to the government roadmap out of lockdown.
# Love and Marriage
Brides and grooms are still getting older (but only in opposite sex marriages)
Same sex marriages still happen at a later age, but this is changing.
# one fab day
If you're obsessed with weddings, you might be interested in the OneFabDay podcast
All the advice you never knew you needed.
# Weddings
Poll: Would you take your partner's surname after marriage?
Is double-barreled the way forward?
# dear fifi
Dear Fifi: I feel a lot of pressure to have a white wedding
Dear! Fifi! Dear! Fifi!
# THe Humanist League
The North's first legal humanist weddings take place this weekend
The law change followed a challenge by an Ireland footballer.
# yes to the dress
Paul Costelloe shared some insights into the making of Vogue Williams' wedding dress
The bride looked lovely in silk.
# michael and mary
Gardaí reunite Cork grandparents with 27-year-old coin from their wedding
The coin was handed into Ballincollig Garda Station and the Youghal couple have now got it back.
# Castle Leslie
Here's everything you need to know about the Irish castle Pretty Little Liars' Sasha Pieterse got married in
Some gaff for a white wedding.
# #WeddingFail
People on Twitter are sharing the worst things that have happened at weddings
There but for the grace of God.
# Brexit
The UK's divorce from the EU is hurting Ireland's cross-border weddings trade
Northern Irish couples are the ‘bread and butter’ of some regional hoteliers.