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4 Easy Steps To Getting Married In Ireland

Ireland…? Great idea!

Firstly, I must say,  it is a fantastic decision to have your wedding here. The country has much to offer. It is a popular wedding destination for people from the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Australia and many other countries besides. Basked in historical buildings, picturesque towns and cities, countless 4 and 5 star hotels and majestic scenery, getting married in Ireland is an experience like no other.

So, down to business.

Please feel assured that the process of applying to be married here is a straightforward one. Ireland, is one of the safest, friendliest countries in the world in which to live and work. The state ensures that the process of getting married is as seamless as possible.

The general go-to website for all of your legal information is www.citizensinformation.ie. However, I’ve taken the liberty to spell out the basic requirements so as to give you some guidance.

The logistics…

In a nutshell, you must decide if you’re getting married in a humanist, civil or Catholic ceremony. In the case of the former two, it’s best getting in touch with a registrar. He/she’ll personally guide you through the steps. A Catholic ceremony requires that you make contact with a parish priest who’ll similarly guide you through the steps. All parish priests are automatically civil registrars in addition to their religious duties and most parishes have websites with contact numbers. It is recommended that you give at least three months notice to your registrar and longer is preferable. This allows for the documentation to be processed at home and abroad.

You’ll then be issued with a Marriage Registration Form (MRF) which outlines all other documentation you’ll need to fill out.

Your end of the bargain…

The most important piece of information which you need to submit in Ireland is that you’ve no impediment to be married; i.e. that you’re 18 or older, of sound mental health, not married or that if you were, your former marriage is formally divorced (annulled in the case of a Catholic one). Basically, in addition to documents such as passports, birth certificates and a few other things, you need to be fully free and willing to be married.

Having been married in Italy, I found that getting married abroad is quite plain sailing. My marriage in Italy was immediately recognised at home in Ireland as soon as I provided proof of having being married there. It will be the same for you when you return to your homeland.

You need to make contact with a registry office and let them guide you from there. Here is a link to a list of Civil Registration Offices in Ireland www.civilregistrationservice.ie/ (note that the list alternates in Gaeilge(Irish) and English)

How about suppliers?

It might be an idea to get in touch with a wedding coordinator if you’re looking for niche elements to your wedding day and a list of those can be found via a Google search. It will be a pricier option than if you’re willing to do the homework but that’s your call.

The website www.weddingsonline.ie gives your a huge range of choice of suppliers if you’re willing to do some homework.

I hope this gives you some indication as to where to start on your road to marriage via the Emerald Isle.

Get in touch!

Paul is an instrument pianist specialising in performing music at your wedding ceremony and/or for your drinks reception. He is only too happy to guide your through the process of sorting out music on your wedding day and, if you get in touch today, you can be sure of a speedy response. He looks forward to hearing from you.

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