Getting legally married in Ireland? There are several types of Irish wedding ceremonies that you can choose from. Take a look at everything you need to know about religious ceremonies, secular ceremonies and civil ceremonies, as well as who can legally officiate them.
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These are the different types of Irish wedding ceremonies:
Church Ceremonies: Roman Catholic ceremonies are popular, but other denominations are also included in this list! Others who can perform ceremonies in places of worship include; Church of Ireland, Presbyterian Church, Baptist, Methodist, Jehovah’s Witness, Assembly of God, One Spirit Interfaith, Dublin Buddhist Centre and the Spiritualist Union of Ireland, and many more.
Interfaith Ceremonies: Many ordained Interfaith ministers are on the registered solemnisers list and can carry out legally-recognised religious ceremonies. They serve all faiths and none, don’t have their own church but instead will travel to your ceremony location.
Humanist Ceremonies: These are legally recognised in Ireland if carried out by a registered humanist solemniser (see link below).
Celtic Ceremonies: Celtic Monk and Priest, Dara Ó Maoildhia, can legally marry couples under the Aisling Árann organisation.
These are legally-binding secular ceremonies carried out by a registrar. Civil ceremonies can take place in a registry office or by the registrar traveling to perform a civil ceremony in an approved room or venue (many hotels and venues have approved rooms, just ask your venue when booking).
Please note that office ceremonies can only take place during office opening hours (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday). For couples wishing to host their wedding on a weekend, consider taking care of the legal bit prior to your Big Day and then having a celebrant host your ceremony on the day.
Take a look at the complete list of registered solemnisers here!