Legal Requirements


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To be legally married in Ireland you must first book an appointment to attend the HSE Registrar’s Office to lodge your “Notification of Intention to Marry” (NOIM) and pay the prescribed fee, currently €200 which includes your Registry Office marriage.

The majority of my clients will marry at the Registry Office without guests present, and without ring exchange or any form of ceremony, then they will have their unique and meaningful private wedding ceremony with family & friends conducted by me one or two days later.

This is possible because ring exchange and any other form of ceremony are not a legal requirement at the Registry Office.

My clients choose me to create & conduct their private wedding ceremony because they don’t want a church wedding, and because I can provide them with a unique, personalised ceremony of their dreams which is just not possible at the Registry Office.

I am from Australia and legal requirements differ in each country so at present I am not registered to conduct a legal marriage in Ireland.

1. Book Your NOIM Appointment

First step for a legal marriage in Ireland (and any other country) is to book your NOIM appointment at your chosen HSE office to lodge your “Notification of Intention to Marry” form.  In Ireland it will cost you €200 to lodge your NOIM, which includes your basic Registry Office marriage at your choice of Registry Office.

Note: Irish marriage law states that you must lodge your NOIM at least 3 months ahead of your marriage registration date and not more than 12 months ahead. 

If you book me as your Ceremony Celebrant I will guide you through the process of lodging your NOIM by giving you some important tips to help make the process run smoothly.

Important Note: Your NOIM can be lodged at any office of the HSE and does not need to be the closest to where you live, or closest to your chosen Registry Office or wedding venue. So if the waitlist is very long at your chosen HSE office, or it is difficult to find an appointment time which fits your busy schedule, you can lodge your NOIM another HSE office anywhere in the country which isn’t quite so busy.  Contact details for all HSE offices are listed on the HSE website here:

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/bdm/contactus/registrars-of-births-deaths-and-marriages.html

2. Registry Office to Register Your Marriage

Next you must attend your “Registry Office Marriage” appointment at the Registry Office on the specified date and time, with your two witnesses to register your marriage.  There is no legal requirement for ring exchange or ceremony of any kind at the Registry Office if you don’t wish to include it there.  Most couples will leave the vows, ring exchange for their private ceremony with me, but the choice is up to you. You certainly can do them twice if you wish!

Here is what will happen at the Registry Office:

  1. First you must advise your Registrar that you are having a private wedding ceremony elsewhere on another date, and if you don’t wish to include your vows and ring exchange, let your Civil Registrar know this as well.  Your Civil Registrar will understand perfectly the reasons why you have chosen to have a private ceremony elsewhere, and will be quite happy to oblige.
  2. The registrar will verify the photo ID of yourselves and your two witnesses to prove that you are the correct people.
  3. The Registrar will ask each of you (separately) if you are here of your own free will.
  4. The Registrar will ask each of you (separatley) if there is any impediment to your marriage, ie. is there any legal reason why you cannot be married to each other.
  5. Next the Registrar will ask each of you (separately) if you wish to take the other to be your wife/husband/spouse.  (You don’t need to use the words husband or wife if you don’t want to, you can use the word “spouse” if you prefer)
  6. Then you and your witnesses will sign the Marriage Registration Form. (MRF)
  7. That’s it – done!
  8. Your Registrar will lodge your signed MRF at the HSE office on your behalf.

3. Your unique Wedding Ceremony on any day of the week, anywhere, at your chosen time!

Keep the best until last – your unique wedding ceremony created just the way you want it to be, to your very own beliefs and wishes!  With me as your Ceremony Celebrant, you really can have your own unique wedding ceremony at any location of your choice in Ireland, you can choose any day of the week, and you can also choose any time of the day to suit your needs!

Your unique wedding ceremony conducted anywhere, any day, at any time !

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you require a further explanation, my role is to make your ceremony as simple as possible for you all the way !

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