A civil marriage ceremony in Ireland is the popular name for a Registry Office marriage, which can be conducted by a HSE Civil Registrar either at a Registry Office during business hours, or other venue of your choice generally outside business hours.

Civil Marriage Celebrants

According to the Marriage Act of Ireland, there is no such thing as a Civil Marriage Celebrant.  There are many Lay wedding Celebrants here in Ireland who are confusing the public by incorrectly using the job title of “Civil Celebrant” from Australia, to describe their role as a wedding celebrant here in Ireland.

To add to this confusion, funeral celebrants here in Ireland have been known as Civil Celebrants for years!  Oh dear, no wonder there is so much confusion!

Here in Ireland, the term “Civil Ceremony” with regards to a marriage ceremony has a very different meaning to what it does in my homeland of Australia, where the Civil Ceremony movement began. 

Here in Ireland a Civil Ceremony is really just another name for a Registry Office Marriage.  A stock-standard non-Religious government ceremony, conducted by an employee of the HSE Civil Registration Office who is known as a Civil Registrar,   The Civil Ceremony / Registry Office marriage is short and simple without any fuss.  Perfect for those who prefer this option.

Unlike Australia where Registry Office marriage is simply that, conducted in the Registry Office, here in Ireland you can choose to pay an extra fee to the HSE and book a HSE Civil Registrar to attend your wedding venue outside of office hours, to conduct a Registry Office marriage there for you, also known as a “Civil Ceremony”.  

Each marriage ceremony I create & conduct is created to suit the wishes of the couple, rather than to suit the rules of a Church or Religion.

If you have any questions about getting married in Ireland please don’t hestitate to get in touch. 

I would be honoured to work with you.

Rev. Sharon Q.

Tel: 085 831 3437

Non-denominational Holistic Minister,
Celebrant & Registered Marriage Solemniser


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