Fish and chips on menu as weddings get a makeover
THE days of beef or salmon with a choice of red or white are over.
Long live barbecues, the quirky vintage cocktail van and the funky 'Kasbah' seating area.
After decades of the fail-safe formula of the hotel wedding with the choice of menus A, B or C, young couples are now opting to do things "their way".
Guests invited to weddings this summer should now expect the unexpected – like the pet pooch drafted in as ring-bearer, or even guests being whisked off to a concert.
Newly engaged couple Karen O'Callaghan (30) from Dublin and Prezemek Wilczek (28), who is originally from Poland, are planning their wedding for February 2014. They are considering getting married in Austria or Poland as they are keen on winter sports.
Meanwhile, Tracy Byrne, from Parkwest in Dublin, planning her wedding for September 2014, said she wanted a "fish-and-chip dinner" for her and fiance Colum O'Brien.
They were attending the Wedding Jamboree at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin's docklands, which is selling itself as an urban destination for couples looking for something a little different.
General manager Adrian McLaughlin revealed they were planning a wedding for one young couple who were looking to bring their guests to a Fleetwood Mac concert after the ceremony.
The wedding scene had changed "massively" over a short space of time, he said.
Meanwhile, budgets have dropped significantly since the recession, said Rachael Lindsay from Belfast-based Blue Moon Wedding Design.
From an average spend of €20,000 a decade ago, couples are now spending around €15,000 or less.