3 Essential Steps to Be Legally Married in Ireland

HSE – Capture of Data Form

Latest version of the “Capture of Data Form” viewed directly from the HSE website.  This is the form you are required to complete and take with you to your “Notification Appointment”.

Note: The answer for “Form of proposed ceremony” is “Religious/Secular.”  You would only choose “Civil” if you are having a registry office marriage, ie. with a Civil Registrar.

Once you have opened this file for viewing from the link below, you can print the form direct from your browser or download it to your computer for printing at a later date..

For a Real, Legal Wedding Ceremony

To be legally married in Ireland, here are the three things you must to do to ensure your wedding ceremony is a legally recognised marriage.

1. Lodge your HSE Notification of Intent to Marry

If you are wanting to be married in 15 months time or less, this is the first thing you should do.  Your HSE appointment to lodge your intention to marry, can be done up to 12 months in advance of your wedding date, and should be at least 3 months before your wedding.   My advice for those who are wanting to be married in less than 12 months time, is to book this appointment right away, giving yourself plenty of time to choose your wedding venue and your celebrant/solemniser (pick me!).

2. Choose Your Celebrant/Solemniser

For a legal marriage in Ireland outside of a Church, you must choose a Celebrant who is a Registered Solemniser of Marriages (like me!).  Otherwise your wedding ceremony won’t be a real legal marriage and you will need to attend the HSE office on another day with your witnesses for a Registry office marriage.
I am Registered and therefore duly authorised to Solemnise Marriages in the Republic of Ireland, which means your wedding ceremony will be a real legal marriage ceremony if that’s what you want.

3. Choose Your Wedding Venue

You really are spoiled here in Ireland with a multitude of beautiful wedding venues to choose from.  You can choose from the many castles, mansion houses and luxury hotels, or arts centres, and approved cultural sites throughout the country. 

You should be well on your way to booking your wedding suppliers who will help make your day special.

Your Big Day!

.TA-DA !!  Your big day is here!  You are getting married!  Remember to bring your green folder and MRF to be signed during your ceremony.  Congratulations!

On the next business day (or as soon as possible within 30 days) return your completed MRF to the HSE Civil Registration Office to complete the registration process.

Your Special Day

If you believe your ceremony should be an important part of your special day, no matter how big or small your ceremony wishes may be, you have found the right place.

If you would like a ceremony as unique as you are, created to suit your own style, 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!

Rev Sharon Q.

from Australia (in Ireland since 2013)
Non-denominational Holistic Minister
Celebrant & Registered Solemniser
RYT200 Nada Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader & Musician

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