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How to Register Intent to Marry in Ireland | Legal Requirements Demystified

The process of trying to figure out how to register intent to marry in Ireland may seem a little daunting. We’re going to break it down for you into a simple checklist, so you know exactly what to do…

Photo credit: David Duignan Photography | A Pink Vintage Wedding

Legal marriage requirements

In order to be legally married, you will have to be married by someone on the Register of Solemnisers. If you hire a celebrant who is not registered, it won’t be legal. So you will need to have a separate legal ceremony.

Where to begin: Registered Solemnisers in Ireland

Provide notification of marriage

You’ll need to book an appointment to do so, which can be done over the phone. All you need to do is contact a civil registration service. We recommend doing this as far in advance as possible. The waiting times vary throughout the year and from region to region. This process needs to happen three months before your wedding. So, if you are getting married on 1 August, you can schedule your appointment NOW for 1 May, so that you’ll have three months between your appointment and your wedding day.

What happens at the appointment

Once you’ve made your appointment, you will go in and meet the registrar as a couple. There is a specific list of documents you’ll need to take with you (see below). While you’re there, you will sign a declaration which states that you don’t know of any legal reason why the marriage can’t happen. You’ll then receive a marriage registration form.

Aside from the documents in the list below, you will also need to provide wedding ceremony details. You’ll need information about the type of service you are having, the name and address of your proposed venue, the names and dates of birth of both witnesses, and the name of your registered solemniser.

Related: A Breakdown of the Types of Wedding Ceremonies in Ireland

Photo credit: Laura and Benny Photography | A Rustic DIY Wedding

A list of documents you’ll need

Both of you will need to bring along an original and colour photocopy of one of the following:

  • Passport
  • National identity card

This must be in date!

You will also need to bring an original and photocopy of:

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of address (dated within the last three months)
  • PPS numbers

For additional documents required for unique circumstances [if you were previously divorced or widowed, or if you are converting a civil partnership to a marriage] take a look at this list.

Main image credit: Shane Redmond | A Quaint Irish Wedding at Darver Castle

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Kelly Jane Hartmann

Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.

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