Are you having trouble answering questions on your “capture of data form” in preparation for your marriage notification appointment?
Are you further confused by the myriad of “expert” websites with so many different and conflicting explanations of what ceremony types exist in Ireland?
That’s not surprising at all, because the explanation of the ceremony types available in Ireland do vary greatly depending on who you speak to. The best person to consult regarding explanation of terminology in the Marriage Act is a person who is registered to conduct and solemnise legal marriages. As a registered solemniser of marriages, I am required to abide by and therefore have a faultless knowledge of the Marriage Act of Ireland.
I will explain the three ceremony types described in the Marriage Act, and on your “capture of data form”. The three ceremony types in the Marriage Act are Civil, Secular and Religious.
A Civil ceremony is anoher name for a government registry office marriage ceremony.
A Secular ceremony is a legal marriage ceremony conducted by a registered solemniser of marriages who is a member of an organisation without a specific belief in God.
A Religious ceremony is a legal marriage ceremony conducted by a solemniser registered iwth a religious body. A religious body can be one of two types, either 1. a recognised Church, or 2. an organisation with spiritual beliefs and an inclusive interfaith philosophy.
An Interfaith or Spiritual ceremony is a unique & personalised marriage ceremony conducted by a marriage solemniser who is registered as religious due to their belief in spirituality but who does not conduct marriages inside an actively registered church.
The diversity of religious bodies means that there are many interfaith religious bodies who have an inclusive philosophy which welcomes people from all walks of life and all beliefs or none to take part in their activities without any discrimination of any kind.
Therefore it is just not possible to generalise by saying a solemniser from a Religious body can only conduct religious ceremonies. There are solemnisers who are Priests, Pastors, Ministers and Ceremony Officiants who belong to religious bodies with an inclusive interfaith philosophy which allows them to conduct inclusive ceremonies of all styles to suit the beliefs of the couple without discrimination of any kind.
I invite you to take some time to browse my website and learn more about me and my work, including some of the many testimonials I have received not only from couples I have had the honour to work with over the years, but also from their family & friends.
I would be honoured to work with you to create your unique & personalised ceremony of your dreams no matter how big or how small.
Please don’t hesitate to call me to see if I am available for your big day.
Ceremony Officiant / Registered Solemniser
Earth Spiritualist Interfaith Minister, Modern Spiritual Teacher, Musician,
Spiritual Humanist, Visionary & creator of dreams
Tel: +353 (0) 858 313 43