How Many Wedding Guests Can I Have During Lockdown ?

How Many Wedding Guests Can I Have During Lockdown ?

 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.

5-Star Ceremonies
with Rev. Sharon Q.

Inspiring Teacher, Musician, Ceremony Officiant,
Earth Spiritualist Interfaith Minister
Registered Solemniser of Marriages

Tel: 085 831 3437

What is an Interfaith Minister in Ireland ?

What is an Interfaith Minister in Ireland ?

The word “Interfaith” doesn’t always mean religious.  Interfaith describes an inclusive philosophy which welcomes people from all walks of life, regardless of their spiritual or religious beliefs (or none) without discrimination of any kind.

An interfaith Minister is a modern Spiritual teacher who also creates the most beautiful non-denominational tailor-made ceremonies to suit the requirements of the people.  An Interfaith Minister is able to create any style of ceremony from spiritual through to humanist style ceremonies, non-religious or mixed-faith ceremonies and everything else in between. With your choice of ceremony ideas and traditions included, to create your very own ceremony style. 

The modern interfaith Minister really is the Rolls Royce of ceremony officiants & celebrants due to their extensive experience and the diversity of the beautiful & meaningful personalised ceremonies they create & officiate, they really can offer you the most flexibility for your ceremony options.

There is no shortage of Interfaith Ministers in Ireland, although the biggest challenge is finding them as they don’t all have a website.  I am very fortunate that I was once a Software Engineer and Website Developer, so creating my own website comes naturally to me. 

The first thing is to do is find an Interfaith Minister who you really like (please pick me!) so you will need to interview them ether on the phone, or face to face, either in person or on Zoom.  That’s right, you need to interview them, they will be working for you!  Your ceremony is one of the most important parts of your special day, there is a huge difference between a good ceremony and a great ceremony.! 

I am a Spiritual Humanist, registered member of Enchanted Ceremonies and Earth Spiritualist Foundation.  With me as your ceremony officiant / celebrant I guarantee that you will have one of the greatest ceremonies you could wish for.  Every ceremony is my ceremony of the year.  I will work with you every step of the way to design the ceremony of your dreams, no matter how big or small, to ensure that your ceremony exceeds your expectations.  

You can read more about the legal requirements of getting married in Ireland right here in my article Legal Info

If you have any questions about getting married in Ireland please don’t hestitate to get in touch to find out if I am available on your chosen date.  I would be honoured to work with you.

Rev. Sharon Q.

Tel: 085 831 3437
Registered Solemniser of Marriages
Modern Spiritual Teacher, Musician,
Spiritual Humanist, Earth Spiritualist Interfaith Minister,
Visionary & creator of dreams

Modern Couples Getting Married in Ireland are Now Choosing an Interfaith Minister to Marry Them and Here’s Why!

Modern Couples Getting Married in Ireland are Now Choosing an Interfaith Minister to Marry Them and Here’s Why!

Interfaith Ministers are wedding celebrants supercharged and are the latest trend for modern couples getting married in Ireland.   This is because Interfaith Ministry is a modern style of Ministry that has been sweeping the world for its inclusive philosophy which welcomes people from all walks of life without discrimination or dogma, and Ireland is no exception. 

The Interfaith Minister is a modern spiritual teacher who has completed extensive studies in the areas of spirituality, world religions, human culture and interfaith ministry over many years.  This means that their skills and experience as authentic practitioners of the art of ceremony are impeccable.   The inclusive and interfaith philosophy which Interfaith Ministers abide by means they welcome people from all walks of life, without discrimination, 

So it’s thefore no surprise that Interfaith Ministers are now the celebrant of choice for modern couples in Ireland who believe that a unique & personalised legal marriage ceremony should be one of the most important parts of their special day.

Interfaith Ministers, like many Universalist organisations are not required to wear vestments or robes, unless they wish to do so for special cultural celebrations or VIP occasions.  They may wear an interfaith stole for their ceremonial duties but only if requested to do so by the couple or the family.

The non-denominational ceremonies created & conducted by Interfaith Ministers are designed to suit the unique requirements of each couple regardless of their belief in spirituality, religion or not.  This makes a marriage ceremony conducted by an Interfaith Minister truly charming and special no matter if its a shorter or longer ceremony, because each ceremony is designed to suit the unique ceremony style and requirements of the couple.

For couples who would like a unique & personalised, meaningful and special wedding ceremony in Ireland, the modern Interfaith Minister really is the Rolls Royce of ceremony officiants & celebrants. 

It is well known by those who have experienced one of the beauitful ceremonies led by Interfaith Ministers that the beautiful ceremonies they create & conduct are some of the most unique & special wedding ceremonies in the world.;  Because they are also inspiring and modern Spiritual teachers, a beautiful ceremony led by an Interfaith Minister certainly has an added air of unique graciousness, which really adds to the uniqueness and importance of the occasion even for a non-religious wedding ceremony..

Because of their genuine desire to help others throughout their life, Interfaith Ministers are generally those who hail from the caring, teaching, natural therapies or even formal ministry professions who felt a calling to further study in the area of spirituality and human culture in order to fulfill their wish to serve the community..

Due to the inclusive and interfaith philosophy of the interfaith body they are affiliated with, an Interfaith Minister is able to conduct unique ceremonies of any secular,, spiritual or religious style or any mixture of anything in between to suit the couples requirements.  This means Interfaith Ministers really can provide couples getting married in Ireland with the most flexibility for their ceremony design options and also with the locations they can be married at. 

It comes as no surprise that so many modern couples in Ireland are now choosing an Interfaith Minister to marry them with a beautiful unique & personalised ceremony designed to suit their own wishes and unique ceremony style, a ceremony which is also meaningful & special and among the best in the world.

Intefaith Ministers are most widely known for their beautiful and meaningful spiritual ceremonies but the inclusive philosophy they abide by means they are equally at home conducting secular and non-religous ceremonies for people from all walks of life.

What About the Legal Bits?

Interfaith Ministers are also HSE registered solemnisers and duly authorised to solemnise marriages in Ireland.

What this means for you is that with an Interfaith Minister as your ceremony officiant and celebrant your beautiful wedding ceremony will also be fully legal on the day if that’s what you want.

What Does it Cost ?

Costs vary between Ministers as some charge for travel and some don’t.  There is no extra cost for a legal marriage ceremony,, it will be the same cost as a non-legal ceremony.  

My own costs depend on time taken, and start at €295 for a micro-wedding of up to 10 people in total within 5kms of Cork City centre.  This is a much simpler ceremony as no PA system is needed so the amount of time spent on the day and preparations the night before are greatly reduced.  Average cost within 25kms of Cork City is €495 depending on the venue and what options are chosen.  For ceremonies conducted over 25kms from Cork City and beyond the average price is €595.  For this you can expect a unique & fully personalised ceremony and around 30 hours of time spent to provide you with a VIP ceremony experience.  A ceremony rehearsal the night before of up to 2 hours is €100.  There are other options for a simple and straightforward ceremony.  Please take these estimates as a guide only, – for an accurate quotation to suit your needs please get in touch for a quick chat to determine your exact requirements.

There are others who are charging a lot more, but please keep in mind that they may have more costs to cover including child care, that I don’t have to consider.

* All prices are current as of 1st July 2020 and are subject to change.

If you’d like to know more about the legal requirements for getting married in Ireland, please see the Legal Info page.

Marriage During Pandemic Restricted Periods

The value of Interfaith Ministers has become increasingly widespread for couples wishing to be married during pandemic lockdown restrictions.  This is because Interfaith Ministers are able to travel unrestricted to conduct a legal marriage throughout Ireland as Religious personnel and essential workers, where other marriage solemnisers who are not Religious personnel may not be permitted to travel during stricter lockdown restrictions.

Interfaith Ministers also have access to a many more venues for legal marriage during strict lockdown at times when hotels and other wedding venues may be closed to the public.  So if there are strick pandemic lockdown restrictions in place and your solemniser is unable to marry you, and you still want to be legally married if you already have your Green Folder, all you need is an Interfaith Minister and your two witnesses. 

The Interfaith Minister, like other Religous solemnisers, will have access to a number of additional venues which can be used for the purpose of legal marriage when hotels and other venues are closed due to pandemic restrictions.  You may wish to obtain permission for a ceremony during strict lockdown restrictions but your Interfaith Minister will be able to best advise you of any technicalities.

For information regarding the ceremonies conducted by an Interfaith Minister you should consult them directly as there is a minefield of wrong information being propagated online regarding the ceremonies conducted by Interfaith Ministers.

Peace of Mind

All Interfaith Ministers belong to a body with strict quality standards and a community of like-minded people working to support the community.  This is your guarantee of peace of mind that if the unexpected should happen, no matter what the circumstances you will have the benefit of a backup Interfaith Minister of equal calibre and kindness at no extra cost to you if your chosen Minister is not available due to unforeseen circumstances.

How to Find an Interfaith Minister

Many don’t have websites or social media presence because they are well known in their local communities through their ministry work..  This is where Google can be your friend.  You can search for “Intefaith Minister Dublin” or “Interfaith Minister Cork” or “Interfaith Minister Killarney” or what ever area you would like to be married, and you will find some..  Or ask your nearest holistic natural therapist for advice, because you just never know – they be an Interfaith Minister.

I create & officiate beautiful unique & fully personalised ceremonies to celebrate all of life’s special milestones for people from all walks of life.  I can create a ceremony for any occasion worthy of celebrating..

No matter if you would like a plain and simple ceremony, meaningful and special but without any fuss – or that fairytale ceremony with all the enchantment and magic,   I will work with you to help you to discover your unique ceremony style, and create the unique & very special ceremony of your dreams. 

Please feel free to browse my website for more information about the work I do, and of course please don’t hesitate to call me for a chat, and to see if I am available on your big day.  I would be honoured to work with you..

Rev Sharon Q.

Interfaith Minister, Modern Spiritual Teacher, Professional Musician, Registered Natural Therapist, Yoga & Meditation teacher, Community kindness volunteer, Visionary & creator of dreams.

Tel: 085 831 3437

Essential Advice for Choosing Your Wedding Venue to be Married in Ireland

Essential Advice for Choosing Your Wedding Venue to be Married in Ireland

Are you engaged and beginning to plan your wedding, but not yet decided on that extra-special wedding venue?  What an exciting time it is for you right now!

Have you heard or read somewhere that for a civil ceremony you need to have your wedding venue inspected and approved by the HSE?  Or that you are only allowed to choose a wedding venue which is HSE approved?

I have seen this confusing information published online in various places.  I have also seen some websites of luxury hotels and other wedding venues stating that their wedding venue is “HSE approved for civil ceremonies”.    This further serves to confuse couples who don’t know what a civil ceremony means here in Ireland.  I have also seen this confusing and/or wrong information published in newspapers and online wedding blogs.  Confusing and/or incorrect information can sometimes seem like it is everywhere.

It is certainly true that for a civil ceremony you must have your wedding venue approved and inspected by the HSE,   Here in Ireland a civil ceremony is another name for a registry office marriage.  A registry office marriage is conducted by a Civil Registrar either in the registry office or at an outside venue of the couple’s choice, which can be either during or after office hours.  

With me as your solemniser, there is no need for your wedding venue to be HSE inspected and approved as it would for a registry office marriage.  Despite this, your choice of wedding venue does need to meet the same criteria as it would for a HSE registry office marriage, in order to comply with the Marriage Act, although there will be no official inspection of your wedding venue by the HSE.

As a registred solemniser I can provide you with the correct advice for choosing your wedding venue.

The first requirement is that your wedding venue must be open to the public without any hindrance (entry fee), and your wedding venue must also have a postal address.  The reason for requiring a postal address is that once you attend the HSE office to notify your intention to marry, (and pay your €200 notification fee) the HSE office will send a letter in the post to your wedding venue to notify them of your marriage and your marriage date.

Next, your legal marriage ceremony must be conducted in a dignified manner, which means the venue must have room or other dedicated space for your wedding ceremony, away from any other occupants of the building.  A good rule of thumb to use when choosing your wedding venue, is if you can’t imagine a HSE Registrar conducting a marriage there, then it just won’t be a suitable venue. 

For example in Ireland, you can’t be legally married at a remote scenic destination or in a public park or gardens, or at a ruins or other sacred site where there is no building and no postal address.  But if an outdoor ceremony at a remote destination, or in a public park or gardens, ruins or sacred site is something your heart is set on, it can sometimes be arranged as a non-legal ceremony with a legal ceremony elsewhere sometime before.  

You might ask yourself is all the extra effort really worth it for a non-legal wedding ceremony that doesn’t have any legal standing?  You might also ask yourself – won’t a non-legal wedding ceremony really just be a fake wedding?  If a wedding ceremony at a scenic destination is your dream, then no it won’t be a fake wedding and yes it is always worth the extra effort, please don’t ever give up on your wedding dream!  A wedding ceremony doesn’t have to be a legal marriage unless you want it to be, there are no rules at all regarding the location of a non-legal wedding ceremony.

I must add that there are some remote and scenic destinations in Ireland, including public parks, ruins or sacred sites which do have a building with a postal address, so if your heart is set on a favourite place or you would like some suggestions, please check with me to find out what’s possible.

It’s all a matter of having a detailed working knowledge of the Marriage Act, and knowing where those places are.

There is an abundance of luxury guest houses, hotels, mansion houses and Irish castles available to hire for your wedding reception & celebrations after, with beautiful forests or beaches on their grounds, there is even one or two wedding venues that I know of around Ireland which have spectacular clifftop views.  You really are spoiled here in Ireland for choices.

Please don’t hesitate to call me to see if I am available for your big day, I would be honoured to work with you.

Sharon Q.

Ceremony Officiant / Registered Solemniser / Lover of Unique & Personalised Weddings

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.

Essential Tips for choosing your Ceremony Officiant – Celebrant or Solemniser ?

Essential Tips for choosing your Ceremony Officiant – Celebrant or Solemniser ?

 Your ceremony officiant has one of the biggest responsibilities of your wedding day.   If you have chosen wisely, you will have a beautiful wedding ceremony that your guests will be talking about for years to come, and for all the right reasons.   But choosing the wrong person – could be a disaster!

Knowing the difference between the many choices available is essential for all couples who want to be legally married in Ireland.

You should choose your ceremony officiant not only by their kindness and obvious dedication to their role, but also by their ability to provide you with the wedding ceremony that you really want.

The biggest challenge facing couples who want to be married in Ireland with a non-church wedding right now is finding correct advice – so they can choose the right celebrant or solemniser who can provide the wedding ceremony that they really want, the wedding ceremony of their dreams.

Many couples who want to be legally married in Ireland with a unique & personalised ceremony designed to suit their own wishes are being wrongly advised about their choices for legal marriage ceremony in Ireland. 

Some of the myths being told to couples by those who don’t know any better may include:

  1. If you choose a Secular or Religious marriage solemniser. as your celebrant, the design of your wedding ceremony will be very restricted because they have such strict rules to obey. FALSE
  2. You won’t be able to find a Secular or Religious marriage solemniser who is available on your wedding date because they are ALL booked up so far in advance. FALSE
  3. You won’t find a solemniser available on your wedding date because they are all booked up for at least 2 years,  FALSE
  4. Or here’s a good one:  The modern trend now sweeping Ireland is to have a unique ceremony designed your way, and the only way you can do this is by choosing a celebrant to conduct a non-legal wedding or blessing ceremony, then do “the legals” at the HSE registry office with your witnesses on a separate day. FALSE
    What they really mean here is that if you choose a non-legal wedding ceremony, you will also need to have a registry office marriage on a different day with your witnesses in order to be legally married.

Now there are some circumstances where a non-legal wedding ceremony may be the best choice.  But ONLY if you don’t want to be legally married in Ireland because you will will be legally married somewhere else.

Just imagine being led to believe that the only way to personalise your wedding is to have a non-legal ceremony?   When what you really wanted was to have is a real legal legal wedding.

For couples who want to be married in Ireland with a unique & personalised legal marriage ceremony designed to suit their own wishes and beliefs it is just not necessary to have two separate wedding ceremonies.  There are thousands of registered solemnisers who are able to conduct a marriage ceremony to the couples wishes and beliefs.

No matter which type of ceremony, celebant or solemniser is best for you, you should interview your celebrant or solemniser before booking them, to determine if they are the right person for your needs.  

Speak with them personally on the phone (or even better- by video chat, to interview and ask questions, you can tell so much about a person’s character and ability to provide what you want from a quick chat to them to ask a few questions:

Celebrant or Solemniser interview checklist:

  • How eager are they to go out of their way to ensure that your ceremony is every bit as special as you deserve? 
  • Are they sincere and genuine is there an obvious sales pitch in there?
  • Do they put your wishes first – is their priority always to put your mind at ease to ensure your wedding ceremony is stress free? 
  • If you want to be legally married in Ireland – are they a HSE registered solemniser of marriages and able to conduct your marriage as a legal marriage ceremony?  Or would you be required to attend the HSE office on a separate day with your witnesses for a registry office marriage as well?
  • Always listen to your first gut feeling about any prospective celebrant and you can’t ever go wrong.

There is no “one size fits all” description of the types of legal marriage ceremonies conducted in Ireland.  There is a 4th type of marriage solemniser not described in the marriage act because it is a subset of the Religious solemniser.  An interfaith celebrant or solemniser will provide you with the most flexibility with your legal marriage ceremony design options, because they are registered to conduct all ceremony styles including non-religious, civil ceremonies, humanist ceremonies, spiritual ceremonies and mixed faith ceremonies, or you can create your own ceremony style.

I am registered to solemnise legal marriages in Ireland.  I can help you to design, create & conduct a unique & personalised non-legal wedding ceremony or a fully legal marriage ceremony depending on your ceremony needs, no matter how big or small. 

Your ceremony also will not be attached to any Religion.   The evidence of this is printed on your legal marriage certificate.  Through my helpful advice and ideas gained from over 30 years of professional experience in my homeland Australia, I will inspire you to discover your own unique ceremony style no matter what that might be. 

Your ceremony style may include civil ceremony, humanist ceremony, spiritual ceremony and mixed faith cermony or an combination of any style, and created to suit your own wishes and dreams all the way and limited only by your imagination – no matter how big or small your wedding ceremony dream may be.

I have price packages suit the requirements of every couple.  Please don’t hesitate to give me a call to find out how easy it is to have the unique & personalised marriage ceremony of your dreams no mattert how big or small.

I would be honoured to work with you.

Sharon Q.

Registered Solemniser

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