With pandemic restrictions now being extended in Ireland, anxious brides are now asking the dreaded question – how many wedding guests can we have now? What are the maximum numbers allowed? Does it include the photographer and our ceremony officiant?
There is so much misinformation about this subject online. In fact, just about everywhere this sugject is mentioned has got the answer completely wrong. Why? Because they don’t have a deep enough understanding of the marriage act or it’s interpretation.
I like to get my information direct from the most reliable source, so I contacted the GRO in Roscommon, and this is the advice that I received:
- The act of marriage cannot ever be considered a social gathering.
- Social gathering restrictions do not apply to a legal marriage ceremony itself, but they do apply to any non-legal wedding ceremony and any celebrations after a wedding or marriage ceremony.
- Each wedding venue has the discretion to enforce their own health & safety policy regarding the maximum number of wedding guests.
- All public health guidelines in force at the time must be followed.
This means that any limit on maximum numbers for a legal marriage ceremony is defined only by the health & safety policy of your chosen marriage venue. I hope that helps make things a bit clearer for you. If you have any questions at all please don’t hestitate to get in touch.
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,
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.
with Rev. Sharon Q.
Inspiring Teacher, Musician, Ceremony Officiant,
Earth Spiritualist Interfaith Minister
Registered Solemniser of Marriages
Tel: 085 831 3437