The Different Bodies that Can Perform your Wedding Ceremony

Deciding on the perfect person to perform your wedding ceremony can be tricky. There are so many different types of people that can conduct your ceremony and they all come with different advantages and disadvantages. We understand that every couple is unique, so it is definitely not a one size fits all decision to make. We’ve compiled a list of the different people you can get to perform your wedding ceremony and the perks and downfalls that comes with each of them.

Religious Body

The most popular way to get married in Ireland, at the moment, is by a religious body. However, the number of people getting married in the church is drastically decreasing every year. If you and your partner are religious and have always dreamed of being united before God then this is definitely the route to go. It is important to keep in mind that a lot of restrictions come with Catholic weddings in particular. You will only be able to get married in a church and you will have to incorporate certain religious elements into your wedding.


More and more couples want a celebrant to perform their wedding ceremony, for the simple reason that they can plan their wedding to exactly their taste. Every couple will have a different idea of what makes the perfect ceremony so it is only fitting that they should be allowed to include or exclude any elements they wish. Celebrant weddings are always very unique so each ceremony will be completely one of a kind. The only disadvantage to a celebrant performing your ceremony is that it isn’t legal, so a quick trip to the registry office a couple days before is necessary.


Humanist weddings are perfect for couples that aren’t religious and want to plan a more unique wedding. They are in a huge shortage in Ireland though so it is necessary to book them about two years in advance if you want a guaranteed date. Humanist ceremonies aren’t as strict as religious ceremonies but there will still be elements of the wedding that need to be included, so make sure you are comfortable with them beforehand.

Registry Office

While weddings in the registry office are legal and not religious they definitely aren’t for everyone. They can only be performed during working hours Monday to Friday and in set locations. A lot of couples that go down this route take a quick ten minute trip to the registry office to sign the papers, before having their actual wedding with their friends and family with a celebrant a couple of days later.

Here at Marry Me Ireland we have a wide variety of exceptional celebrants who can deliver the wedding ceremony of your dreams- traditional, unique or otherwise. So get in touch today and we can start planning your special day!