Getting Married in Ireland – Step by Step
To get legally married in Ireland, here are the main four steps to consider, you know all the rest:
1. Choose your Ceremony Officiant/Solemniser
Choose your ceremony officiant/solemniser. If you would like your unique & personalised wedding ceremony to be a fully legal marriage ceremony, without any need to attend the registry office with your witnesses on a separate day for a registry office marriage, be sure that your ceremony officiant is government registered to solemnise marriages and listed on the “Register of Solemnisers”. I am a Registered Solemniser and government registered to solemnise legal marriages in Ireland. Please don’t hesitatet to read my useful blog article “Essential Tips for Choosing Your Ceremony Officiant”. for some great advice if you have the time.
2. Choose Your Wedding Venue
You really are spoiled here in Ireland with a multitude of beautiful wedding venues to choose from. Choose from the many castles, mansion houses and luxury hotels, or arts centres, and approved cultural sites throughout the country. With me as your solemniser you are not required to obtain specific HSE approval for your wedding venue. What is required is that the venue complies with the provisions of the Marriage Act. If you are unsure please don’t hesitate to give me a call any day or evening 7 days a week with any questions you might have.
Once you have booked your venue you can begin contacting and booking all your wedding suppliers who will come together to make your big day special.
3. Lodge your Notification of Intention to Marry (with HSE office)
Contact your nearest HSE Civil Registration Office and book an appointment to lodge your Notification of Intention to Marry form, or NOIM. The non-refundable fee for this appointment is €200. This can be done up to 12 months in advance of your wedding date, and should be at least 3 months before your wedding date.
Any less than 3 months notice and you will also need a court order. The court order will always be approved as long as your have an unforeseen reason. The court order will cost you around €25 and will be issued very quickly to you.
For most HSE offices you can make your appointment online. If you phone the HSE office they will advise you what documentation is needed, birth certificates etc.) to bring with you to your appointment.
At your HSE appointment if you have provided all the necessary information your marriage license will be printed and given to you in the all-important “Green Folder”. Your marriage license will be signed during your ceremony by yourselves, your witnesses and myself as your solemniser during your marriage ceremony
You should also be well on the way booking all your suppliers who are going to come together to make your big day happen.
4. Get Married – It’s Your Big Day!
.TA-DA !! Your big day is here! You are getting married! Remember to bring your green folder and MRF to be signed during your ceremony. Congratulations!
On the next business day (or as soon as possible within 30 days) return your completed MRF to the HSE Civil Registration Office to complete the registration process.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me for a chat to answer any questions you might have.