Can A Celebrant Really Marry You Legally in Ireland ?

Can A Celebrant Really Marry You Legally in Ireland ?

This question is causing a lot of confusion with couples in Ireland, due to misleading information being given to the public by those who don’t have an accurate working knowledge of the Marriage Act in Ireland.

Can a celebrant conduct a legal wedding in Ireland?  The answer is – it depends entirely on which celebrant you are talking about.   A celebrant is a general term meaning a person who conducts a ceremony and could be Priest, Pastor, Minister or a “Lay-Celebrant”.  A “Lay-Celebrant” is a celebrant who does not belong to an organisation.  

All celebrants listed on the Government “Register of Solemnisers” are duly authorised and registered to conduct legal marriage ceremonies in Ireland.  There are some celebrants in Ireland who are misleading the public by advertising themselves as a “registered celebrant”, when they are not listed on the “Register of Solemnisers” at all.  Instead, they are registered with an industry trade association which does not give them any authority to conduct a legal marriage ceremony.

If you see a Celebrant advertising as a registered celebrant, the first thing you need to clarify is this – are they listed on the Register of Solemnisers?  If the answer is no, you should stay well clear as they are not acting in your best interests by advertising as a registered celebrant.

The following are some of the misleading claims seen in various places online :

  • A celebrant wedding is not legally binding – this is only true if you choose an unregistered celebrant.
  • With a celebrant wedding, you must “do your legals” in the Registry Office.  There is no such thing as “do your legals” in the Registry Office.  If a celebrant tells you this, it means that they are not registered to conduct legal marriages.  If you choose them as your celebrant and you want to be legally married, you will need to attend the Registry Office on a separate day with your witnesses for a registry office marriage.
  • Religious or Secular Celebrants conduct their ceremonies according to strict rules of an organisation – With the diversity of religious bodies in Ireland, it is impossible to generalise with a statement of this nature.  There are many Religious or Secular celebrants in Ireland who are non-denominational (like myself) which means they don’t represent a particular Religion.  Instead, they welcome people from all faiths (or none) regardless of their belief – without any discrimination.

Only a Celebrant (like myself) who is listed on the Government’s “Register of Solemnisers” is duly authorised and registered to conduct legal marriages, will have the relevant experience and expertise to accurately answer all of your questions about getting married in Ireland.

Your Special Day

If you believe your ceremony should be an important part of your special day, no matter how big or small your requirements may be, you have found the right place.

If you would ike a ceremony as unique & special as you are, created to suit your own style, please don't hesitate to get in touch so I can answer any questions you might have - and to find out if I am available on your big day.  I would be honoured to work with you.

Non-denominational Holistic Minister,
Celebrant & Registered Solemniser,
RYT200 Registered Yoga & Meditation Teacher,
SHAI Registered Sound Therapist,
& Professional Musician

 

Getting Married in Ireland and the 2019 EU Unfair Contract Terms Directive

Getting Married in Ireland and the 2019 EU Unfair Contract Terms Directive

With changing government regulations during the pandemic state of emergency, many couples are faced with the need to change their contract terms and conditions at short notice, including changing their wedding date, or changing guest numbers and so forth.

Most wedding suppliers are doing their utmost to ensure couples feel special no matter what last minute government announcements are made.

A small number of couples may experience grief and uncertainty if they need to change the terms of their contract due to a latest government announcements.   Fortunately for couples there are laws in place to protect consumers against unfair contract conditions being imposed on them by service providers, including wedding suppliers.

This is why it’s so important to have your booking contract terms and conditions provided to
you in writing by every wedding supplier, (even by email) to protect your rights as a consumer in the event of a dispute.

Contract Changes

If you have changed any conditions of your original booking, including wedding date and/or guest numbers, this is a change of contract and your wedding supplier may counteract with another request for change in contract terms.

What is included in your contract should be described in the terms of your original contract. Usually the bride and groom are not included in guest numbers, but it does depend on the size of the venue and their own policy.  
It is important to remember that any change to your contract requires both parties to agree to the contract condition. This is called contract negotiation.
But there are some exceptions where those changes are deemed reasonable and if your contract terms and conditions provide for this.

Always refer back to your original contract terms and conditions to assist with any clarification.  You may need to seek legal advice, first 30 minutes consultation is always free.

Couples and wedding suppliers should make themselves familiar with the EU Unfair Contract Terms Directive which protects every consumer in every EU member country, including Ireland.  If in doubt, always consult a lawyer who is familiar with consumer law. 

You can find the full document here on the EU website: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/consumers/consumer-contract-law/unfair-contract-terms-directive_en

With most of my 2021 bookings now postponed to 2022, I do have good availability for 2021 at various times of the week.  Please don’t hesitate to call me 7 days a week, to find out if I am available on your special day.

Your Special Day

If you believe your ceremony should be an important part of your special day, no matter how big or small your requirements may be, you have found the right place.

If you would ike a ceremony as unique & special as you are, created to suit your own style, please don't hesitate to get in touch so I can answer any questions you might have - and to find out if I am available on your big day.  I would be honoured to work with you.

Non-denominational Holistic Minister,
Celebrant & Registered Solemniser,
RYT200 Registered Yoga & Meditation Teacher,
SHAI Registered Sound Therapist,
& Professional Musician

 

Surprise Announcement!  100 Guests At Weddings from August 5th

Surprise Announcement! 100 Guests At Weddings from August 5th

Are couples getting married in Ireland in August 2021 now celebrating yesterday’s government announcement with a sigh of relief ? Or are they distraught because they’ve already reduced their guest list to 50 and sent out expensive replacement invitations ? 

There is no point allowing yourself to be distressed over a situation such as this which you cannot control, especially for one of the most important days of your lives.   While we are in the midst of a declared pandemic state of emergency, there will be many government decisions made last-minute based on evidence they have on hand at the time.

Most couples who originally booked with me to be married in August 2021 have already postponed their weddings to 2022 long ago, so at this present time I do have good availability for August 2021 so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Read more about the latest government announcment here on RedFM

The best thing to do always is go with the flow, this situation is a very good test of our psychic strength and our ability to remain calm in any situation, it really is.  For last minute invitations, have you thought of sending an e-Invitation? 

A few years ago I prepared an e-Invitation at the request of an Irish couple who lived abroad and were inviting all their wedding guests from various places throughout Europe.  I created the e-Invitation in the style of a movie or theatre box-office ticket.  This e-Invitation has come in handy for many couples over the past year.

My e-Invitation design is shown below:

Your Special Day

If you believe your ceremony should be an important part of your special day, no matter how big or small your requirements may be, you have found the right place.

If you would ike a ceremony as unique & special as you are, created to suit your own style, please don't hesitate to get in touch so I can answer any questions you might have - and to find out if I am available on your big day.  I would be honoured to work with you.

Non-denominational Holistic Minister,
Celebrant & Registered Solemniser,
RYT200 Registered Yoga & Meditation Teacher,
SHAI Registered Sound Therapist,
& Professional Musician

 

Getting Married in Ireland and the 2019 EU Unfair Contract Terms Directive

Your Essential Irish Wedding Checklist

How to Get Married in Ireland

Are you recently engaged and ready to begin planning your big day?  Congratulations!  Are you the kind of person who likes to be super-organised?  Planning your wedding can be super-easy if you make yourself the a list to work from. 

Or if you are the kind of person who rather someone else do all the “legwork”, you can hire a Wedding Planner to take care of the essentials for you. 

If it is less than 18 months to your wedding date, here are the steps to follow before you do anything else:

Essentials – To Do First

First things first.  You will need to make an appointment with your nearest HSE office to lodge your Intention to Marry form.  This will cost you €200 and must be done at least 3 months before your wedding date, and no more than 12 months before.  You will be asked to complete the “Capture of Data” form to take with you to your appointment.

A link to the latest HSE “Capture of Data Form” direct from the HSE website can be found here.  The link to the this form can also be found on my secure Client Area page.

In order to complete your “Capture of Data” form for your HSE appointment will need the following important details:

  • Your wedding date.
  • Name of your wedding venue
  • Name & address of your celebrant who is a duly HSE authorised & Registered Solemniser of Marriages.   If you would like your wedding ceremony to be a legal marriage, it is essential that your celebrant is correctly registered with the HSE. (pick me!) 
  • The names and date of birth of your two legal witnesses 18+ years of age

If all your details are complete, at your Notification appointment you will be provided with your “Green Folder” containing your official Marriage Registration Form (MRF).  Your MRF from your green folder is the document to be signed during your ceremony, which must be returned to the HSE office within 30 days to complete the registration of your marriage. 

Once Your Essentials are Confirmed

Once you have confirmed your wedding date with both your celebrant/solemniser and you can proceed and book the remaining essentials while you wait for your HSE appointment.

Or, if you prefer to hire a Wedding Planner to organise the following and more, you can do that now.

 

  • The Dress
  • Bridal Party
  • Cake – Wedding Cake
  • Ceremony Music/musician(s)
  • Flowers – you may wish to include: Bridal bouquet, Bridal party flowers, Mothers of the bride flowers, Ceremony table flowers (this can double as a decoration for your head table at the reception)
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Honeymoon
  • Invitations –  Calligrapher ?
  • Photo Booth
  • Photographer
  • Reception Music/Wedding band
    Tip:  You will save a lot of money if you book your wedding band direct.
  • Suits
  • Videographer
  • Anything else you would like to include on your big day, to help make your day special.

Your Special Day

If you believe your ceremony should be an important part of your special day, no matter how big or small your requirements may be, you have found the right place.

If you would ike a ceremony as unique & special as you are, created to suit your own style, please don't hesitate to get in touch so I can answer any questions you might have - and to find out if I am available on your big day.  I would be honoured to work with you.

Non-denominational Holistic Minister,
Celebrant & Registered Solemniser,
RYT200 Registered Yoga & Meditation Teacher,
SHAI Registered Sound Therapist,
& Professional Musician

 

Wedding Ceremony Design – When is the Right Time for that Kiss?

Wedding Ceremony Design – When is the Right Time for that Kiss?

Photo by Jonathan Borba from Pexels

Designing your personalised and unique marriage ceremony with the help of a creative celebrant sure can be lots of fun!   Adding your own special touches and ceremony ideas.  But one question that sometimes asked is where in the ceremony do you have your first kiss as a married couple?

Some may advise you to have your kiss right after your marriage vows. The reason for this is because that’s when you are technically married.

But I don’t recommend this myself.  I believe that for maximum meaning to your ceremony and for maximum effect, it’s much better to have your first kiss as a married couple at the very END of your ceremony.  Right after you are pronounced married. 

If you can imagine the moment, your ceremony has been so beautiful and it’s about to come to a close, and I say to you “I now pronounce you husband & wife, (or married), you may seal your marriage with a kiss!”.

As you are kissing and your guests stand and cheer, your final music starts playing, your photographer is snapping away, that’s the magic moment in your ceremony that you just don’t want to miss!  That, to me – is the essence of a true 5-star ceremony.

But remember, there is no right or wrong way, Where you kiss in your marriage ceremony is completely up to you, It’s your ceremony and you are the design director all the way.

If you would like to kiss after your marriage vows, there is no reason why you can’t kiss again at the very end of your ceremony if you really want to kiss right after your marriage vows.   But – it doesn’t ever have the same effect.

Your Special Day

If you believe your ceremony should be an important part of your special day, no matter how big or small your requirements may be, you have found the right place.

If you would ike a ceremony as unique & special as you are, created to suit your own style, please don't hesitate to get in touch so I can answer any questions you might have - and to find out if I am available on your big day.  I would be honoured to work with you.

Non-denominational Holistic Minister,
Celebrant & Registered Solemniser,
RYT200 Registered Yoga & Meditation Teacher,
SHAI Registered Sound Therapist,
& Professional Musician

 

How to Legally Celebrate with 50 guests When the Limit is now 25 but 50 at the Ceremony

How to Legally Celebrate with 50 guests When the Limit is now 25 but 50 at the Ceremony

Couples getting Married in Ireland were overjoyed to hear the news of.an increase in marriage ceremony guests from 6 to a massive 50! But there was a catch – there is a maximum of 25 for the reception and celebrations after! What a Dilemma!

How cruel can this be? How can you remove 25 people from your ceremony guest list for the celebrations after without offending them? There is a solution – and it’s right there in front of you. You don’t have to remove anyone from your ceremony guest list either!..

What you do is have your ceremony at say, 12 noon, followed by your photo shoot.  Then two separate celebrations, each with 25 people. One celebration with 25 people for an earlier meal say 2:30pm, followed by a 2nd celebration for a later evening meal maybe at 7pm.

How you run both celebrations is completely up to you! Your wedding venue may even give you a discount for doubling your guest numbers!  What a day!  How lucky are you to have 2 celebrations!

Your Special Day

If you believe your ceremony should be an important part of your special day, no matter how big or small your requirements may be, you have found the right place.

If you would ike a ceremony as unique & special as you are, created to suit your own style, please don't hesitate to get in touch so I can answer any questions you might have - and to find out if I am available on your big day.  I would be honoured to work with you.

Non-denominational Holistic Minister,
Celebrant & Registered Solemniser,
RYT200 Registered Yoga & Meditation Teacher,
SHAI Registered Sound Therapist,
& Professional Musician