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

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