Are you looking for an original location for your wedding but don’t want to be restricted only by approved venues?
Would you like something different from a traditional, mass-produced wedding, where the same words for every couple are simply read from a generic script? Do you want a bespoke ceremony, written just for you that expresses your love and commitment to each other in a totally unique, personalised and meaningful way? Well, we have all the info to get you started:
There are different legal ways of getting married in Ireland; you may choose a religious ceremony, a secular ceremony or a civil ceremony.Since November 2007, no matter how you marry (i.e., through a civil, secular or religious ceremony), the registration process is the same. You are issued with a Marriage Registration Form (MRF) by the Registrar,() following notification, which gives you authorisation to get married. You give it to whomever will be solemnising your marriage at the Registry Office.General Register Office
What is a civil marriage?
A religious marriage is a ceremony that takes place in a church, but it is followed by the signing of the civil marriage register, which is the civil (or legally binding) part. A civil marriage takes place in a registry office or other approved venue, and can also incorporate a celebrant to perform a ceremony for family and friends.
Can a celebrant from “Marry me Ireland” legally marry us OR witness our marriage ?
We would love to be able to offer you a complete legal ceremony. We are working on this. Unfortunately, at present due to the law & regulations (Marriage) Provisions of the Civil Registration Act, 2004) we have not yet been granted the authority to witness a legal marriage. However, we do anticipate this changing.
Therefore once you have arranged your notification appointment, the HSE will issue you with a MRF (Marriage Registration Form) This document will then passed onto an HSE registered solemniser, who will witness the signing of this document so if you are marrying at a Registry office, this signing will take place there.
Holding a ceremony with “marrymeireland.ie” couples would arrange for the Registrar (the HSE) to hold onto the MRF and at the second arranged meeting with them, you (along with your two witnesses) would sign the document in the presence of the HSE Registrar, this means that you would need to arrange two appointments with the HSE to give Notification, then later a second appointment to sign your legal documents.
We regretfully cannot act as a legal solemniser to the signing of the MRF (Marriage Registration Form) documents & certificate. We are lobbying the HSE in the hope that this will be changed so that we can get the full recognition and authorisation to assist in the full legal aspect of your marriage.
Requirements for Marriage
If you are an Irish citizen and normally resident in Ireland, you must be at least 18 years old to get married. The age rule remains the same, irrespective of whether or not you are married in a religious, secular or civil ceremony. Additionally you must also have the capacity to marry which means you must freely consent to the marriage and have the capacity to understand what marriage means. There is no requirement to live in the specific district where you want to get married.
What do we need to do to be recognised as legally married?
Irrespective of whether you are an Irish citizen or a foreign national, anyone marrying in Ireland must give three months notification before they marry. You must make this notification in person to any Registrar.
Isn’t marriage about religion?
In short – NO.
Marriage is actually a legal status which is conferred by and recognised by governments throughout the world. Each country has it’s legal reciprocal obligations, rights and protections. Yet marriage is way more than the sum of its legal parts; it is also a cultural institution. Marriage means different things according to each context and couple.
The word ‘marriage’ resonates across the global context, conveying clearly to people that you and your life partner love each other. Thus, it represents the ultimate expression of love and commitment. There is no other word that has the same power, and no other word that invokes the very essence of love and commitment.
At “marrymeireland.ie” we believe that marriage is about a union of two people who love each other, and hence we provide the opportunity for a celebration witnessed by friends and family in a venue of your choice (indoor or outdoor) after you have been legally married at a Registry Office or Church. Our celebrants can provide you with a unique and memorable ceremony tailored to your personal story of love and provide you with a truly unforgettable day.
We have already completed our legal documentation privately, and just want to hold a public ceremony – is this OK?
Yes, we are very professional and respect all aspects of your privacy so this is entirely at your discretion. It will make no difference to the ceremony or the celebration if you decide to do this part later on.
Getting Married outside of Ireland
If you are an Irish citizen and are planning to marry abroad, you should realise that the legal validity of your marriage is governed, in part, by the laws of the country in which you marry. In most, if not all cases, the legal formalities abroad are very different to those in Ireland.
How long do the ceremonies last?
We would normally write a Wedding, Commitment, naming Ceremony or Vow Renewal ceremony to be 25-30 minutes in length. This would change depending on your choices for elements being included within the ceremony.
How is booking confirmed and how is the balance paid?
Your ceremony date is confirmed when we receive a non-refundable booking deposit of 200 Euro A contract outlining our Terms & Conditions will be sent to you prior to any money received. The remaining balance is paid at least four weeks in advance of the scheduled ceremony.
When is the outstanding amount due?
The final payment of any monies owing must be paid prior to the ceremony date. We request that this is done four weeks prior. For ceremonies booked within four weeks of the ceremony date full payment must be made at time of booking.
If you need any more information please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org – Thank you – Marry Me Team