Can A Celebrant Really Marry You Legally in Ireland ?

Can A Celebrant Really Marry You Legally in Ireland ?

This is simple question is cause a lot of confusion with couples in Ireland, due to the wrong information being given to the public by celebrants who are not registered to conduct legal marriages,

Can a celebrant conduct a legal wedding in Ireland? Or can a celebrant legally marry you in Ireland? The answer is – YES but only if the celebrant is correctly registered with the HSE to conduct legal marriages. There are a lot of un-registered celebrants in Ireland who are not giving accurate information to the public, or even worse, advertising themselves as registered celebrants in order to mislead the public, when they are registered with a commercial trade association, not the government. 

Sadly, sometimes this is done intentionally, which is not at all ethical and you should stay clear of any unregistered Celebrant who is misrepresenting themselves as being registered, when they are not registered with the HSE.

The following are some of the confusing and misleading claims made on some of the websites of unregistered celebrants:

  • A Celebrant wedding is not legally binding – this is only true if you choose an unregistered celebrant.
  • A Celebrant wedding is the only way you can have a personlised cermeony written for you and about you – this is not true at all.  If you choose a non-denominational Celebrant/Solemniser like myself your ceremony is personalised to your exact wishes.
  • With a Celebrant wedding, you must always “do your legals” in the Registry Office. There is no such thing as “do your legals” in the Registry Office. With an unregistered celebrant you must also have a Registry Office marriage on a separate day..
  • The only way to have a fully personalised wedding ceremony in Ireland is with an independent celebrant and attend the Registry Office on a separate day for “your legals” – this is not true if you engage a Celebrant who is a Registered Solemniser and non-denominational Celebrant like myself.
  • Religious Celebrants can only conduct Religious ceremonies – Just because a Celebrant is a member of a Religious body doesn’t mean they are a Priest or Minister of Religion.  The Diversity of Religious bodies and Freedom of Relgious Belief means that Ireland now has a modern Religious body, Earth Spiritualist Foundation and their Enchanted Ceremonies network of non-denominational Celebrants & Solemnisers.  Their beliefs & members are inclusive and non-denominational who welcome all people, regardless of their Religious belief (or none).  With a Celebrant from the Enchanted Ceremonies network (like myself) you can be assured of a Celebrant who is non-denominational and correctly registered with the HSE as a Solemniser, and duly authorised to conduct your fully legal marriage ceremony on the day.
  • Ceremonies conducted by a Solemniser are restricted by the rules of their organisation – this is not true if you engage a non-denominational Holistic Minister like myself.  The rules of the Enchanted Ceremonies network of Celebrants & Solemnisers are, compliance with the Marriage Act, and also that your ceremony is designed to your very own beliefs and wishes.

Only a Celebrant who is registered to conduct legal marriages will have a working knowledge of the Marriage Act, and the knowledge and experience to accurately and truthfully answer these questions (and many more) about getting married in Ireland.

With a non-denominational Celebrant like myself, your marriage ceremony will be fully legal on the day and you will have full control over the design of your ceremony. You will also have no need to attend the Registry Office on a separate day with your witnesses for a Registry Office marriage..

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.
A ceremony created to your own style, as unique & special as you are.

Celebrant & Registered Solemniser,
RYT200 Registered Yoga & Mediation Teacher,
SHAI Registered Sound Therapist, Musician
& non-denominational Holistic Minister

 

Getting Married in Ireland and the 2019 EU Unfair Contract Terms Directive

Getting Married in Ireland and the 2019 EU Unfair Contract Terms Directive

With changing government regulations during the pandemic state of emergency, many couples are faced with the need to change their contract terms and conditions at short notice, including changing their wedding date, or changing guest numbers and so forth.

Most wedding suppliers are doing their utmost to ensure couples feel special no matter what last minute government announcements are made.

A small number of couples may experience grief and uncertainty if they need to change the terms of their contract due to a latest government announcements.   Fortunately for couples there are laws in place to protect consumers against unfair contract conditions being imposed on them by service providers, including wedding suppliers.

This is why it’s so important to have your booking contract terms and conditions provided to
you in writing by every wedding supplier, (even by email) to protect your rights as a consumer in the event of a dispute.

Contract Changes

If you have changed any conditions of your original booking, including wedding date and/or guest numbers, this is a change of contract and your wedding supplier may counteract with another request for change in contract terms.

What is included in your contract should be described in the terms of your original contract. Usually the bride and groom are not included in guest numbers, but it does depend on the size of the venue and their own policy.  
It is important to remember that any change to your contract requires both parties to agree to the contract condition. This is called contract negotiation.
But there are some exceptions where those changes are deemed reasonable and if your contract terms and conditions provide for this.

Always refer back to your original contract terms and conditions to assist with any clarification.  You may need to seek legal advice, first 30 minutes consultation is always free.

Couples and wedding suppliers should make themselves familiar with the EU Unfair Contract Terms Directive which protects every consumer in every EU member country, including Ireland.  If in doubt, always consult a lawyer who is familiar with consumer law. 

You can find the full document here on the EU website: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/consumers/consumer-contract-law/unfair-contract-terms-directive_en

With most of my 2021 bookings now postponed to 2022, I do have good availability for 2021 at various times of the week.  Please don’t hesitate to call me 7 days a week, to find out if I am available on your special day.

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.
A ceremony created to your own style, as unique & special as you are.

Celebrant & Registered Solemniser,
RYT200 Registered Yoga & Mediation Teacher,
SHAI Registered Sound Therapist, Musician
& non-denominational Holistic Minister

 

Surprise Announcement!  100 Guests At Weddings from August 5th

Surprise Announcement! 100 Guests At Weddings from August 5th

Are couples getting married in Ireland in August 2021 now celebrating yesterday’s government announcement with a sigh of relief ? Or are they distraught because they’ve already reduced their guest list to 50 and sent out expensive replacement invitations ? 

There is no point allowing yourself to be distressed over a situation such as this which you cannot control, especially for one of the most important days of your lives.   While we are in the midst of a declared pandemic state of emergency, there will be many government decisions made last-minute based on evidence they have on hand at the time.

Most couples who originally booked with me to be married in August 2021 have already postponed their weddings to 2022 long ago, so at this present time I do have good availability for August 2021 so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Read more about the latest government announcment here on RedFM

The best thing to do always is go with the flow, this situation is a very good test of our psychic strength and our ability to remain calm in any situation, it really is.  For last minute invitations, have you thought of sending an e-Invitation? 

A few years ago I prepared an e-Invitation at the request of an Irish couple who lived abroad and were inviting all their wedding guests from various places throughout Europe.  I created the e-Invitation in the style of a movie or theatre box-office ticket.  This e-Invitation has come in handy for many couples over the past year.

My e-Invitation design is shown below:

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.
A ceremony created to your own style, as unique & special as you are.

Celebrant & Registered Solemniser,
RYT200 Registered Yoga & Mediation Teacher,
SHAI Registered Sound Therapist, Musician
& non-denominational Holistic Minister

 

Getting Married in Ireland and the 2019 EU Unfair Contract Terms Directive

Your Essential Irish Wedding Checklist

How to Get Married in Ireland

Are you recently engaged and ready to begin planning your big day?  Congratulations!  Are you the kind of person who likes to be super-organised?  Planning your wedding can be super-easy if you make yourself the a list to work from. 

Or if you are the kind of person who rather someone else do all the “legwork”, you can hire a Wedding Planner to take care of the essentials for you. 

If it is less than 18 months to your wedding date, here are the steps to follow before you do anything else:

Essentials – To Do First

First things first.  You will need to make an appointment with your nearest HSE office to lodge your Intention to Marry form.  This will cost you €200 and must be done at least 3 months before your wedding date, and no more than 12 months before.  You will be asked to complete the “Capture of Data” form to take with you to your appointment.

A link to the latest HSE “Capture of Data Form” direct from the HSE website can be found here.  The link to the this form can also be found on my secure Client Area page.

In order to complete your “Capture of Data” form for your HSE appointment will need the following important details:

  • Your wedding date.
  • Name of your wedding venue
  • Name & address of your celebrant who is a duly HSE authorised & Registered Solemniser of Marriages.   If you would like your wedding ceremony to be a legal marriage, it is essential that your celebrant is correctly registered with the HSE. (pick me!) 
  • The names and date of birth of your two legal witnesses 18+ years of age

If all your details are complete, at your Notification appointment you will be provided with your “Green Folder” containing your official Marriage Registration Form (MRF).  Your MRF from your green folder is the document to be signed during your ceremony, which must be returned to the HSE office within 30 days to complete the registration of your marriage. 

Once Your Essentials are Confirmed

Once you have confirmed your wedding date with both your celebrant/solemniser and you can proceed and book the remaining essentials while you wait for your HSE appointment.

Or, if you prefer to hire a Wedding Planner to organise the following and more, you can do that now.

 

  • The Dress
  • Bridal Party
  • Cake – Wedding Cake
  • Ceremony Music/musician(s)
  • Flowers – you may wish to include: Bridal bouquet, Bridal party flowers, Mothers of the bride flowers, Ceremony table flowers (this can double as a decoration for your head table at the reception)
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Honeymoon
  • Invitations –  Calligrapher ?
  • Photo Booth
  • Photographer
  • Reception Music/Wedding band
    Tip:  You will save a lot of money if you book your wedding band direct.
  • Suits
  • Videographer
  • Anything else you would like to include on your big day, to help make your day special.

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.
A ceremony created to your own style, as unique & special as you are.

Celebrant & Registered Solemniser,
RYT200 Registered Yoga & Mediation Teacher,
SHAI Registered Sound Therapist, Musician
& non-denominational Holistic Minister

 

Wedding Ceremony Design – When is the Right Time for that Kiss?

Wedding Ceremony Design – When is the Right Time for that Kiss?

Photo by Jonathan Borba from Pexels

Designing your personalised and unique marriage ceremony with the help of a creative celebrant sure can be lots of fun!   Adding your own special touches and ceremony ideas.  But one question that sometimes asked is where in the ceremony do you have your first kiss as a married couple?

Some may advise you to have your kiss right after your marriage vows. The reason for this is because that’s when you are technically married.

But I don’t recommend this myself.  I believe that for maximum meaning to your ceremony and for maximum effect, it’s much better to have your first kiss as a married couple at the very END of your ceremony.  Right after you are pronounced married. 

If you can imagine the moment, your ceremony has been so beautiful and it’s about to come to a close, and I say to you “I now pronounce you husband & wife, (or married), you may seal your marriage with a kiss!”.

As you are kissing and your guests stand and cheer, your final music starts playing, your photographer is snapping away, that’s the magic moment in your ceremony that you just don’t want to miss!  That, to me – is the essence of a true 5-star ceremony.

But remember, there is no right or wrong way, Where you kiss in your marriage ceremony is completely up to you, It’s your ceremony and you are the design director all the way.

If you would like to kiss after your marriage vows, there is no reason why you can’t kiss again at the very end of your ceremony if you really want to kiss right after your marriage vows.   But – it doesn’t ever have the same effect.

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.
A ceremony created to your own style, as unique & special as you are.

Celebrant & Registered Solemniser,
RYT200 Registered Yoga & Mediation Teacher,
SHAI Registered Sound Therapist, Musician
& non-denominational Holistic Minister

 

How to Legally Celebrate with 50 guests When the Limit is now 25 but 50 at the Ceremony

How to Legally Celebrate with 50 guests When the Limit is now 25 but 50 at the Ceremony

Couples getting Married in Ireland were overjoyed to hear the news of.an increase in marriage ceremony guests from 6 to a massive 50! But there was a catch – there is a maximum of 25 for the reception and celebrations after! What a Dilemma!

How cruel can this be? How can you remove 25 people from your ceremony guest list for the celebrations after without offending them? There is a solution – and it’s right there in front of you. You don’t have to remove anyone from your ceremony guest list either!..

What you do is have your ceremony at say, 12 noon, followed by your photo shoot.  Then two separate celebrations, each with 25 people. One celebration with 25 people for an earlier meal say 2:30pm, followed by a 2nd celebration for a later evening meal maybe at 7pm.

How you run both celebrations is completely up to you! Your wedding venue may even give you a discount for doubling your guest numbers!  What a day!  How lucky are you to have 2 celebrations!

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.
A ceremony created to your own style, as unique & special as you are.

Celebrant & Registered Solemniser,
RYT200 Registered Yoga & Mediation Teacher,
SHAI Registered Sound Therapist, Musician
& non-denominational Holistic Minister