What is an interfaith Religious Solemniser in Ireland Really?

What is an interfaith Religious Solemniser in Ireland Really?

The diversity of Religious organisations around the world means there are many who have an inclusive and interfaith philosophy.  This means they welcome people from all faiths (or none) to take part in their activities and events without discrimination.

It is just not possible to generalise by claiming that Religious solemnisers can only conduct religious ceremonies.  Those who belong to organisations with an inclusive and interfaith philosophy conduct ceremonies of all styles designed & created to suit the beliefs of the couple.

This is such a wonderful thing for modern couples in Ireland who wish to be legally married in a unique & personalised, creative &  meaningful ceremony which has been designed & created especially for them, 7 days a week!

As an Earth Spiritualist Interfaith Minister I am registered to solemnise legal marriages in Ireland for people of all faiths or none without discrimation.  This means your ceremony is designed & created to suit your beliefs and wishes, your ceremony design possiblities really are endless.

Your bonus with me as an Earth Spiritualist solemniser, is that your legal marriage ceremony is truly non-denominational.  This means your ceremony is designed and created to suit your beliefs and wishes, not any rules or beliefs of a secular or religious organisation.  The only rules your legal marriage ceremony must comply with is the Marriage Act, which is very sensible and is flexible when implemented correctly.   For example it is possible to be legally married outdoors in nature, but only if you have correct working knowledge of the Marriage Act to ensure its compliance.  This true working knowledge can only come from real experience as a registered solemniser.

Non-Legal Wedding Ceremonies

For those living overseas, a non-legal wedding ceremony in Ireland can often be the best choice because it makes so much more sense, if the technicalities are just too difficult, costly or time-consuming to provide the documentation necessary for a legal marriage here in Ireland.   For those living overseas it can sometimes be a whole lot easier and less stressful to have a registry office marriage in your country of residence and a non-legal wedding ceremony here in Ireland.  Some couples will do that without ever telling anyone that they are already legally married abroad.

Whatever your situation I can assist you with the right advice and a unique & personalised ceremony.

If you would liike to get legally married in Ireland, or have a non-legal wedding ceremony in Ireland, in fact what ever ceremony you need please give me a call for a quick chat to find out how easy it really is to have the ceremony of your dreams! 

I would be honoured to work with you.

Essential tips for choosing your Ceremony Officiant / Marriage Solemniser

Essential tips for choosing your Ceremony Officiant / Marriage Solemniser

If you would like a unique & personalised wedding ceremony, your ceremony officiant has one of the biggest responsibilities of your wedding day.  If you have chosen your ceremony officiant wisely, your ceremony will be the one part of your wedding your guests will remember for years to come.

If you woulld like your ceremony to be fully legal on the day, without the need to attend the registry office for “the legalities” or a registry office marriage, it is essential that your ceremony officiant is a government-registered Marriage Solemniser.  The public “Register of Solemnisers” is freely available online from the HSE where you will find the names, and phone numbers of every solemniser who is registered to conduct legal marriages in Ireland.

it’s very important that you choose your Ceremony Officiant not only by their kindness and obvious dedication to their role, but also by their ability to carefully listen to your requirements, understand exactly what you want, provide you with creative ceremony design ideas from their many years of experience to ensure that your ceremony exceeds your expectations!  

Speaking personally on the phone (or video chat) to a prospective ceremony officiant is always a great way to ensure you have chosen the right person.   You can tell so much about a person’s attitude, confidence and ability from a simple chat on the phone to ask a few questions about your wedding. 

Questions to ask yourself while chatting to a prospective ceremony officiant include:  How eager are they to go out of their way to ensure that your ceremony is every bit as special as it deserves to be?  Are they sincere or fake?  Can you hear their genuine commitment to their work as they are talking to you about your ceremony?  Do they talk about what level of service they offer you – or do they prefer to tell you how good they are?  Always listen to your gut feeling – does it tell you that you like this person?  If you listen to your gut feeling you will never go wrong.

There are individuals who are providing confusing and misleading information to the public regarding your ceremony choices here in Ireland.  This may be through no fault of their own, but due to the fact that they are not registered to conduct legal marriages, so they just don’t have a sufficient working knowledge of the Marriage Act to be giving correct advice. 

These individuals are wrongly advising that with a solemniser as your ceremony officiant, the design of your ceremony must follow the rules of a secular or religious organisation, this is just not true.  They will also say that the only way your can have a unique & personalised ceremony designed to your own wishes is to have a non-legal wedding ceremony with them and attend the registry office with your witnesses on a separate day for “the legalities” or “the legal parts” (registry office marriage).  This is not true at all.   

You wouldn’t expect an unregistered tradesperson to know the building regulations would you?   Only a Registered Solemniser has sufficient detailed working knowledge of the Marriage Act to give you the correct advice on your options for legal marriage here in Ireland.

If you choose a ceremony officiant from an organisation with an inclusive and interfaith philosophy (like myself!) you will be assured that the ceremony of your dreams will be created to suit your own beliefs and wishes.

As an Interfaith Minister with Earth Spiritualist Foundation, I am registered to solemnise unique & personalised, non-denominational legal marriage ceremonies of any style to suit your wishes, 7 days a week at any venue in Ireland of your choice. 

Please don’t hesitate to give me a call to find out how I can help you to create the unique & personalised legal marriage ceremony of your dreams, I would be honoured to work with you.

Sharon Q.

Ceremony Officiant / Registered Solemniser

SHAI Registered Sound Therapist, Yoga Alliance RYT200 Registered Yoga & Meditation teacher, MBII Registered Positive Mind Coach, Community Volunteer, Musician, Visionary, Creator of dreams = Earth Spiritualist Interfaith Minister

Tel: +353 (0) 858 313 43

What is our Ceremony Type – is it Civil, Secular or Religious ?

What is our Ceremony Type – is it Civil, Secular or Religious ?

Are you having trouble filling in your “capture of data form” in preparation for your marriage notification appointment, or deciding what kind of ceremony you’d like for your big day? Are you further confused by the myriad of “expert” websites with so many different and conflicting explanations of what ceremony types exist in Ireland?

That’s not surprising at all, because the explanation of the ceremony types available in Ireland do vary greatly depending on who you speak to.  The best person to consult regarding explanation of terminology in the Marriage Act is a person who is registered to conduct and solemnise legal marriages.  As a registered solemniser of marriages, I am required to abide by and therefore have a faultless knowledge of the Marriage Act of Ireland.

I will explain the three ceremony types described in the Marriage Act, and on your “capture of data form”.  The three ceremony types in the Marriage Act are Civil, Secular and Religious.

A Civil ceremony is a registry office marriage ceremony conducted by a Civil Registrar or other HSE Civil Registration Office staff, hence the name “civil ceremony”.   For a detailed description of how this differs with the civil ceremony in Australia, including why there is so much confusion in Ireland about what a civil ceremony means, you can learn more from my blog article What is a Civil Ceremony in Ireland Really?

A Secular ceremony is a legal marriage ceremony conducted by a registered solemniser of marriages who is a member of a secular organisation (an organisation who either doesn’t have a specific belief in God or who doesn’t permit their members to have a belief in God),   The organisation also specifies what kind of marriage ceremony its solemnisers can conduct. 

Because the beliefs and purpose of each secular organisation is individual and unique to that organisation and can vary so greatly, it is not possible to generalise by saying that every secular ceremony is non-religious.  This does not mean that a secular ceremony is non-religious, or that a secular ceremony can’t be spiritual either.   That depends enitirely on the requirements set by the secular organisation itself which the solemniser belongs to and what beliefs the solemniser has declared to abide by when becoming a member of the secular organisation.

A Religious ceremony is a general term for any legal marriage ceremony conducted by a registered solemniser of marriages who is a member of a Religious organisation, which either worships or otherwise permits a belief in a Divine being.  The organisation also specifies what form of marriage ceremonies their solemnisers can conduct.

The diversity of religious organisations means that there are many who have an inclusive interfaith philosophy which allows them to welcome people from all faiths or none to take part in their activities without any discrimination of any kind. 

Therefore it is just not possible to generalise by saying a solemniser from a Religious body can only conduct religious ceremonies.  There are solemnisers who are Priests, Pastors, Ministers and Ceremony Officiants who belong to religious organisations with an interfaith philosophy which allows them to conduct inclusive ceremonies of all styles to suit the beliefs of the couple without discrimination of any kind.

As an Earth Spiritualist Interfaith Minister I am HSE registered to solemnise genuine non-denominational legal marriages in Ireland created & conducted according to your own wishes & beliefs.   Please call me for a quick chat, so I can explain this concept to you very easily as there is a lot of confusion online created by individuals who through no fault of their own, just don’t have any real in-depth knowledge of the type of legal marriage ceremonies we create.

The criteria for the marriage ceremonies I conduct are firstly that your ceremony must be designed & created to suit your own belief and wishes, and secondly your ceremony must include at least one ceremony idea or tradition of your choice (or your own design and creation) in order to add meaning to your ceremony and make it special for you both.  Many people also believe this to bring good luck to your love and marriage and your future together.  For that really is the true art of ceremony and celebration.  For it is true that a ceremony without any meaning to make it special, is not a ceremony at all, but is a speech.

I invite you to take some time to browse my website and learn more about me and my work, including some of the many testimonials I have received not only from couples I have had the honour to work with over the years, but also from their family & friends.

I would be honoured to work with you to create your unique & personalised truly non-denominational ceremony of your dreams!  Please don’t hesitate to call me to see if I am available for your big day.

Sharon Q.

Ceremony Officiant / Registered Solemniser of Marriages

SHAI Registered Sound Therapist, Yoga Alliance RYT200 Registered Yoga & Meditation teacher, MBII Registered Positive Mind Coach, Community Volunteer, Musician, Visionary, Creator of dreams
= Earth Spiritualist Interfaith Minister

Tel: +353 (0) 858 313 43

Are You Dreaming of an Enchanted Forest or Outdoor Legal Wedding in Ireland ?

Are You Dreaming of an Enchanted Forest or Outdoor Legal Wedding in Ireland ?

Have you been dreaming of a unique & personlised, enchanted & magical fully legal forest or outdoor wedding ceremony in Ireland but heard there is no way it can possibly be done as a real legal marriage?

Have you been bombarded with misleading information from various mis-informed sources claiming that it’s just not possible to be legally married in a forest or outdoor wedding in Ireland due to the strict rules of the Marriage Act? 

It’s no mistake that you are reading this right now, I am so happy to tell you that the above is not true at all.

I am registered to solemnise legal marriages in Ireland, which means I am required to have an extensive and faultless knowledge of the Marriage Act.  This means that I have the expertise and experience necessary to provide you with 100% correct advice regarding your choices for legal marriage in Ireland, including your magical forest wedding.

The great news for you is Yes you can have your unique & personalised, enchanted and magical fully legal forest wedding ceremony with all your dearest family and friends right there with you as witnesses and yes your legal marriage ceremony can be created in any style to suit your beliefs & wishes.   Ireland really is one of the most magical and enchanting places in the world for a unique & personalised and fully legal forest wedding ceremony and there are so many beautiful forests to choose from.

So – how is this possible?   It’s very simple – follow these steps and you are well on your way!

  1. First thing to consider is your ceremony.  For a truly unique & personalised enchanted & magical non-denominational legal wedding ceremony designed & created to your own beliefs & wishes, on any day of the week, at any location of your choice you need a registered solemniser who is duly authorised to conduct fully personalised non-denominational legal marriage ceremonies of any style.  (That’s me!)
  2. Next, you need to hire your very own wedding forest!  Yes that’s right, there are a virtually unlimited number of enchanted & magical wedding forests available for hire in Ireland, and the best part is that they all come complete with a nearby luxury guest house, hotel, mansion house or enchanted castle for your wedding reception & celebrations after!  Which also ensures you have a nearby no-fuss built-in plan B ceremony location in case of weather not agreeing perfectly!

You have come to the right place.  I would be honoured to work with you to create your enchanted & magical legal forest wedding ceremony of your dreams!  Please don’t hesitate to call me to see if I am available for your big day.

Sharon Q.

Ceremony Officiant / Registered Solemniser of Marriages / Lover of Enchanted & Magical Forest Weddings

SHAI Registered Sound Therapist, Yoga Alliance RYT200 Registered Yoga & Meditation teacher, MBII Registered Positive Mind Coach, Community Volunteer, Musician, Visionary, Creator of dreams
= Earth Spiritualist Interfaith Minister

Tel: +353 (0) 858 313 43

Can You Give us a Humanist Wedding Ceremony?

Can You Give us a Humanist Wedding Ceremony?

This is one of the most common questions I am asked by couples and also one of the most common mis-conceptions about non-religious marriage ceremonies, and here’s why:

When couples ask me if I can give them a humanist ceremony, what they really mean is can I give them a non-religious ceremony.  A ceremony without any mention of a God or deities, and without any spiritual or religious feel to the ceremony.  Followers of the Humanism movement must abide by strict rules which dictate that there must be no belief in any God, or any deities.   So a humanist ceremony won’t ever refer to anything being divine, holy or spiritual.  Also within the strict rules of the humanism movement, any belief in spirituality or superstitions of any kind is also strictly forbidden. 

I am from Australia where non-religious and humanist-style ceremonies have been a way of life for over 40 years   I have extensive experience creating and conducting non-religious and humanist style ceremonies of all kinds but I also have an added advantange.   I create & conduct truly non-denominational ceremonies, which means is that you make your own ceremony design rules without any restrictions. 

With me as your ceremony officiant you are free to include any traditional ceremony ideas of your choice.  Your marriage ceremony can therefore include handfasting, lighting candles, pouring sand, ring warming, ring exchange and any other traditional wedding ceremony ideas which are prohibited in a humanist ceremony due to having their origins in a superstitious belief of casting good luck for the couples marriage and their future together.

With me as your ceremony officiant, I can give you the most flexibility with your non-religious ceremony design options.

Sharon Q.

Ceremony Officiant / Registered Solemniser

Tel: +353 (0) 858 313 43