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Getting Married in Ireland

When getting married in Ireland and having a legally binding ceremony it can initially seem like a long and difficult process. It is actually a very simple process and we will guide you through everything to make it stress and hassle free.


Legal & Paperwork Requirements for Getting Married in Ireland

First book your date, ceremony venue and Officiant/Celebrant. Then contact the Registrar by phone to register your intent to marry (e-mail communication is permitted after this). If you do not reside in Ireland the marriage application can be submitted remotely (e-mail/post). This must be fully completed a minimum of 3 months before your wedding but it's recommended to allow considerably longer than this. If the marriage application is submitted remotely you will be required to meet with the Registrar in Ireland 3-5 days before your wedding to finalize the paperwork. The legal & paperwork fee is €220. This is payable directly to the Registrar’s office and it includes your legal marriage certificate.


Documents Required when Giving Notification

  • Passport (must be in date)
  • If either party is divorced, original final decrees in respect of all previous Divorces
  • If either party is widowed, death certificate of the previous spouse and the civil marriage certificate for the first marriage
  • If either party had a previous civil partnership dissolved, original final decree of dissolution in respect of all previous registered civil partnerships
  • If either party is a surviving civil partner, a death certificate of the civil partner and the civil partnership certificate
  • (Additional documentation may be required in some cases, such as where a divorce has been granted outside the State and it must be determined whether it is recognised under Irish law. The Registrar will advise what is required in each case)
  • If either party is a foreign national, their immigration status documentation (must be in date). A ‘foreign national’ means a person who is neither an Irish citizen, nor a citizen of a member state


Additional Details Required

  • The intended date of marriage
  • The names and dates of birth of the two witnesses (Eloping in Ireland can provide two witnesses if a couple has no guests)
  • Details of the proposed solemniser and venue
  • PPS Number/Public Service Card/Social Security Number (where applicable)


Documents Required when the Notification Process is Complete

  • Declarations of no impediment (these is given to the couple by the Registrar when they are giving notification and should be signed by couple in Registrar’s presence)
  • Marriage Registration Form (MRF) (this is issued to the couple by the Registrar at the meeting with them).This is the couple’s civil licence to marry. It is a crucial document and your marriage cannot be civilly registered without it. You must bring this with you to be signed during your wedding ceremony


When getting married in Ireland what type of ceremony can we have?

The 2 most popular ceremony choices are civil (legalities sorted in Ireland) and symbolic (legalities sorted in your home country).


If we have a legally binding civil ceremony in Ireland will our marriage be legal in our home country?

Yes, if ye receive your marriage certificate in Ireland ye will be recognised as being legally married in your home country too.


If we choose to have a legally binding civil ceremony in Ireland will we require witnesses?

Yes, ye will require two witnesses over the age of 18. We can provide these if ye are travelling alone.


When getting married in Ireland will we be required to travel there a number of months before our wedding to submit our notification to the registrar?

No, if ye are having a legally binding civil ceremony we can arrange for ye to meet with your registrar in Ireland between 2 and 5 working days before your wedding. If ye are having a symbolic ceremony ye can arrive on any date.


Is the legal & paperwork for a legally binding civil ceremony expensive?

No, the total cost for this is only €220, which is payable directly to the registrar.


Where can our wedding take place?

There are many stunning options including Irish Castles, Ancient Ruins, Celtic Gardens and of course the Cliffs of Moher.


Can we personalise our ceremony in any way?

Yes of course. The celebrant will work closely with ye to create a beautiful and intimate ceremony which ye can personalise with your own readings, prayers, poems or vows etc. It's also possible to include a traditional Celtic handfasting, if desired.


How much does in cost to get married in Ireland?

The average price of our elopement wedding packages is €3,000. Check out more package options here.


Does Eloping in Ireland provide assistance with travel, accommodation and tour bookings in Ireland?

Our travel partner 'My Ireland Tour' offers an excellent range of Ireland tour packages, as well as bespoke private customised tours. Click here for more information.


To send us an inquiry click here. To create your own wedding, elopement or vow renewal package and receive an estimated overall price click here.


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