3 Essential Steps to Be Legally Married in Ireland

Your Guide to Getting Married in Ireland

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 (NOIM)

To be married in Ireland, this is the first thing you should do.  Book your in-person appointment with the HSE to lodge your “Notification of Intention to Marry” or lodge it by post if you are living outside of Ireland.  (Don’t ever post original copies of important documents from overseas, as they can be lost in the post) 

Lodging your NOIM can be done up to 12 months in advance of your wedding date, and should be at least 3 months before your wedding. 

If you don’t already have your Marriage Solemniser and Wedding Venue chosen, book your HSE appointment for at least 2 months into the future to give yourself enough time to find these.  You will be required to provide the name of your Marriage Solemniser and wedding venue name at the time of this HSE appointment.

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 duly authorised by the State to Solemnise Marriages in the Republic of Ireland, which means if you choose me as your Celebrant/Solemniser 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

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