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


Innishannon House Hotel, Co.Cork

Innishannon House Hotel, Co.Cork

If you are searching for a luxury country riverside mansion house hotel with olde world charm within a stone’s throw of Cork City, you can’t go past Innishannon House Hotel.  One of Co.Cork’s popular wedding venue destinations, the hotel is located 19km from Cork Airport (15 mins), 12 km (17 mins) from world famous Kinsale and 8km (10 Mins) from Bandon.

It’s river location with stunning gardens, offers a breath-taking selection of outdoor choices for your ceremony and picturesque photo opportunities too numerous to mention!

If an indoor ceremony is more your liking, (or as weather dictates) the classically decorated River Suite is filled with natural sunlight and has beautiful panoramic views of The Rose Garden and the Bandon River.

The River Suite comfortably seats 200 people for dinner with an additional 120 guests for afters. The hotel’s flexible approach allows couples to place their own stamp on their big day. Staff will do theif utmost to fulfil your wedding wishes, ensuring your perfect day, your way.

Centrepieces in the form of storm lamps, oriental lillies in tall vases and flowers from the garden are provided for your wedding meal as standard.

Smaller Weddings are hosted in The Frankfort Suite (max: 30 Adults) or The Garden Room (max: 28 Adults).

Given our unpredictable Irish weather, we know that you want to make the very most of a fine summer’s day! French doors open to a terrace so that your guests can soak up the sunshine. There is plenty of outdoor seating directly off the Frankfort Suite, so that your Welcome Reception Drinks can be moved outdoors when the sun shines! If you choose to have a musician, they may like to play in the Frankfort Suite where the Welcome Reception is, or they may like to move out to the terrace if the weather is fine.


All 23 ensuite bedrooms are automatically reserved on the night of your wedding. The Bridal Suite is complimentary on your wedding night (terms and conditions apply). There is a combination of double rooms, twin rooms and family rooms. The Bride and Groom are responsible for allocating all bedrooms to guests in advance of the wedding.

Accommodation in the days before and after your wedding can also be booked by guests and this is subject to availability.

There are a host of nearby  B and Bs and Hotels that can accommodate your guests when all rooms in Innishannon House are taken. Taxis for guests can be organised at the hotel reception.

Entertaining your Guests on your Wedding Day

We welcome all musicians and extras that you wish to include for your special day, including Candy Carts, lemonade stands and lawn games. Margaret Roche, Owner and Wedding Director will happily offer advice and guidance for every aspect of your wedding day.

During the Welcome Reception, musicians may wish to play outdoors on the terrace while guests soak up the sunshine!

Post Wedding Party

A Post Wedding Brunch, Party or BBQ can be hosted the next day and is subject to availability. After your Post Wedding party, relax in The Whiskey Snug for intimate post wedding Drinks! or party the night away in The Innish Bar.

Contact the hotel at any time to make an appointment with their wedding co-ordinator, you’ll be so glad you did!


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

What is a modern interfaith Minister ?

What is a modern interfaith Minister ?

The diversity of Religious organisations around the world means that it is not possible to generalise by claiming that Religious solemnisers can only conduct religious ceremonies.

Those like myself who are Interfaith Ministers belong to organisations with an inclusive and interfaith philosophy which welcomes eveyrone regardless of their beliefs (or none), conduct ceremonies of all styles.

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!

What is an Inteffaith Minister ?

As an Earth Spiritualist Interfaith Minister, my role is varied and diverse.  Each interfaith Minister is free to serve their local community in their own way, we are as unique as the people we work with and the personalised ceremonies we create.. 

I am a modern spiritual teacher, teaching, meditation, yoga, personal & spiritual development, a variety of womens arts & crafts, along with inspiring womens circles to help women of all ages believe in themselves and achieve their dreams..  I also volunteer in my local community in many ways.  You can find out more about my background and the work I do in the community here on my About Page.

I just love ceremonies!  Each ceremony I create & conduct is an opportunity for me to assist you to celebrate on of life’s most significant events in a manner which is not only relaxed, but also auspicious, meaningful, dignified and memorable for all the right reasons.

I am honoured to be entrusted with such an important responsibility in people’s lives, which I never take for granted. 

If you would like a unique & personalised ceremony designed to your own requirements, because you believe that your ceremony should be an important part of your special day.  I would be honoured to work with you.

What About the Legal Bits?

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, with me as your solemniser and ceremony officiant, your ceremony design possiblities really are endless.

The bonus with me as your solemniser, is that your legal marriage ceremony can be uniquely designed and created to suit your beliefs and wishes no matter what style of ceremony you require.

Non-Legal Wedding Ceremonies

Some couples living overseas will choose to have a non-legal wedding ceremony with family & friends here in ireland because it makes so much more sense in their situation to have their legal marriage in their country of residence..

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 or 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.