Jack Quann
Jack Quann

21.46 29 Apr 2021


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A wedding planner says she is "really disappointed" for couples who were holding out for better news as part of Ireland's re-opening plan.

Under the plan, attendance at weddings will rise to 50 on May 10th.

But the afters will remain restricted to six people for indoor gatherings, and 15 for outdoor gatherings, until June.

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Sharon Griffin is creative director and owner of Frog Prince Weddings.

She told The Hard Shoulder a lot of people were banking on bigger changes.

"It's still very up in the air, Kieran... it was feeling [of] a really mixed bag.

"Really delighted about the June numbers, at least some people who do want those weddings of 25 can go ahead and get married.

"On the other hand, really disappointed for all our May couples and clients that have been holding out since last May.

"Lots of people moved their weddings from May 2020 to 2021, and they genuinely have been holding out waiting to see if they could have even 20/25 people.

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"And really we still have all summer long, we've weddings booked - some people are happy to go ahead with 25, they might have smaller family numbers - but for other people 25 won't even cover their siblings, partners, nieces, nephews and grandparents".

She said it is a mixed reaction for both her clients and her business.

"On a business side, it's been really challenging... trying to manage things over the last year has been difficult.

"It is great, I can see that there is a little bit of movement - but weddings of 25 are what they are, it's limited and as a business it's difficult.

"There's big costs involved in getting vans on the road, getting teams out to do work, florists in.

"So it's challenging".

Main image by Galina Krupoderova from Pixabay 

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