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Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser

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I am a team member of Spiritual Ceremonies and have had the honour of officiating ceremonies for many couples in some of the most beautiful venues, I’ve worked with couples from home and further abroad and consider myself to be the luckiest man alive to get to do this as a job. I am passionate about every ceremony I do and treat each one with the utmost respect and understanding that it deserves. I am available to officiate anywhere in Ireland and love to travel and experience the different venues that are now available to couples wishing to say “I Do” in there own intimate and personal way.

I am one of a large team of Registered Solemnisers available in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and I can perform the legal element of a wedding ceremony. I also perform vow renewals, wedding blessings, naming ceremonies and end of Life Celebrations (Funerals).

Choosing the right celebrant for you is a hugely important step in the process of planning your special day which is why I’m always available for a chat, to listen to your needs and concerns so as to help you make that decision. I’m happy just to help in any way.

If you have chosen me as your Celebrant, we first arrange to meet at a location that suits you both best and over a cuppa we can begin to plan your ceremony. I will take you through every step from start to finish. I always like to advise couples that your ceremony should reflect who you are as individuals and as a couple. You can have songs or hymns, readings or just poems or quotes. Make it as religious or as non-religious as you wish.

You can involve your family members and children as much as you would like aswell. I will work very closely with you to ensure every word of your ceremony is meaningful to you and is as it should be.

My motto that I like to advise is “Of all the worries that you may have planning a wedding, with me; your ceremony will not be one of them!”

I will be there for you every step of the way and will always check and check again that every word, name and phrase is perfect on the day.

There are many ways you can choose to symbolise your marriage during the ceremony and I will discuss all of these at length with you both in our initial meeting.

You can also have your ceremony indoors or outdoors (outdoors is subject to requirements under the Civil Registrations legislation) and you can have it done legally on any day of the week.

How to book an appointment to give notice:

Visit www.crsappointments.ie to book your appointment with your local office. It doesn't matter what county you are getting married in Ireland, you can give notice in any HSE office. If there are no available appointments, don't worry, some office are not set up for online bookings. Just look up your nearest office and phone them.

If you are living abroad:

You can give your notice by post and then you need to present in person a minimum of 5 working days before. Once you have prior agreement with the HSE registrar, they can reduce the number of day’s notice.

You must give a minimum of 3 month’s notice if you are getting married in Ireland and can give notice from 12 months before your wedding date. Once you receive your paperwork from the HSE, this is valid for 6 months after your wedding date i.e if for some reason your wedding doesn't go ahead on the date given, your paperwork is still valid for 6 months after this date. *** Make sure you return the paperwork within 1 month after your wedding and collect your marriage certificate.

Here is the link for all the information you need about giving notice:

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/bdm/marriag...

If you are getting married in Northern Ireland, the process for giving notice is different. You will find all the information you need here:

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/guidance-marr...

Grá agus Solas,

Michael Murray OSUI

Reviews

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Where do i start with Mike from spiritual ceremonies?. Im sitting here trying to think of words good enough to reflect the ceremony and service Mike supplied to our wedding. From the moment I met him, he advised me on everything from the proceedings to what I needed to do with the council. His calmness, friendliness and professionalism took effect instantly that I went home and said to my now wife that "this guy is brilliant, he knows what he is doing!" We have a very young baby so Mike went out of our way to come to our house at a time that suited with the baby. Instantly made Lisa feel at ease too and went through the different ceremonies with us and offered ideas on how to make it personal to us. He told us that we have enough to be worrying about in the build up to our wedding and he promised us that our ceremony wouldn't be one of them! He wasn't wrong! Always stayed in contact right up to the wedding last week on the 8th December at the Manor House and went above and beyond his duties at every moment he could. The morning of the wedding he met us both to resettle nerves before it all kicked off. While i was waiting in the ceremony he was keeping a calm atmosphere and telling me how beautiful my new wife was looking and cracking a few jokes. Wee touches in such tense moments goes a long long way! The ceremony itself....Just wow...people were a mess in tears while I was fighting my own in fear of my friends noticing lol. We done the remembrance candles to remember Lisa's late father, the sand ceremony to reflect our families and also the handbinding to include our closest friends. Mike delivered the ceremony flawlessly. Everything from the softly spoken tone of his voice to his posture and presence. The room was literally mesmerized at how good of a reader and speaker Mike is and if I had a pound for every time someone has told me how beautiful the ceremony was , I would probably be a millionaire. We can't thank him enough and I can't compliment him enough. I would like to finish by saying the best decision we made in regards to the whole wedding was to have Mike officiate it. He made it ours, and one my friends, family and ourselves will never forget. Kind Regards Stewart
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We were married by the most amazing and personal spiritual officiant Michael Murray a few weeks ago .We can only say great things about our beautiful ceremony and the flawless correspondent help we had from Michael from our first meeting.Our guests all had lovely and positive things to say about our ceremony,our kids involvement made everything more precious to us.The memories of our spiritual wedding will forever be those of joy.Thanks so much for making our day so special
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We were married by the most amazing and personal spiritual officiant Michael Murray a few weeks ago .We can only say great things about our beautiful ceremony and the flawless correspondent help we had from Michael from our first meeting.Our guests all had lovely and positive things to say about our ceremony,our kids involvement made everything more precious to us.The memories of our spiritual wedding will forever be those of joy.Thanks so much for making our day so special
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Mike officiated our wedding on November 2nd 2018 and I can honestly he was absolutely brilliant from start to finish. We met up beforehand over a coffee to discuss the details and straight away we knew he was the perfect person to officiate our wedding! He was so warm and engaging to chat with, showed a personal interest in us as a couple and made it all so easy for us from the start. He kept in touch coming up to the day and on the day itself was absolutely exceptional. He made sure the ceremony reflected us as a couple but also both our families as well. He included a really lovely introduction as Ghaeilge and spoke beautifully. He was very sweet and patient with the many young nieces and nephews who found it difficult to stay quiet! All in all he was very professional yet it felt like he was there as our friend! I can highly recommend him and hope to stay in touch! Míle buíochas arís Xx
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Thank you so much Roisin & James, it was lovely meeting you both and getting to witness the musical talent you and your wonderful family have.Just wow! It was such an honour being part of your day. Give my regards to your family.
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Mike Murray was our celebrant on the 14th of October 2018, he has been exceptionally supportive throughout the planning stage and the wedding day itself. Mike went above and beyond just moments before the ceremony when an unfortunate circumstance took place with the grooms Nan. The ceremony was postponed for over an hour and during this time, Mike kept the atmosphere calm and checked on the groom to ensure he was ok. I couldnt have wished for a better celebrant. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful, it was everything we dreamed of. The guests all commented how wonderful the ceremony was. Full of love and laughter.
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Mike was absolutely fantastic and was so friendly and professional we couldnt recommend him enough the service was amazing and all our family and friends were blown away at how lovely the ceromony was. Thanks again mike
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Thank you Sinead and Roy, what a joy to be a part of your day.The atmosphere was beautiful and you were both amazing.I had such a wonderful time being involved. I hope everything is going well for both of you and your wee princess. such a wonderful family.
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Mike joined us to solemnise our wedding at the end of September. From the first moment I spoke to Mike I knew he was a perfect fit for us. It was very important to us to remember our two babies that we lost during pregnancy in out ceremony and Mike understood how much including them meant to us, as well as including our two daughters. We planned our wedding in 3 months and he understood how maniac things were for us and didn't rush us at any point, instead he encouraged us to make it as personal and special as we could. He was available throughout to calm nerves and offer guidance. Our venue was unique and holds a lot of sentimental value for our family and our ceremony needed to reflect that. Mike appreciated all of this and our ceremony was beautiful, personal, thoughtful, emotional and most of all fun. He was in total control throughout and even sacrificed his pocket square when I got paint on my thumb from some last minute DIY. For many of our guests it was their first experience of a spiritual ceremony and they were amazed by how beautiful and personal it was. Michael is a true gentleman. You couldn't ask for a nicer person to be a part of your wedding day. Martina, Gerard, Billie Jean and Isabelle.
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Thank you Martina & Gerard. I know how important it was to you that aspects of the ceremony were done a certain way.Im delighted that you are both happy with everything and let me just say what a privilege it was to be a part of it. you both handled the pressure so well and I still have the paper roses that you made for outside the venue. Your attention to detail was amazing. you have a future in this game I think :) I hope all of the family is well.
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Very professional efficient and friendly
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Thank you very Much Graham. It was a pleasure to be part of your day. Please give my regards to Inessa. I hope your keeping those promises of breakfast in bed!
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Mike performed our spiritual ceremony at our wedding at Killyon Manor 3 weeks ago and we were truly blessed to have him! Mike went above and beyond to make sure that we were happy and that our day was truly special and perfect for what we wanted. Thank you so much Mike! You're a wonderful person! Georgina and Patrick.
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Hi Georgina & Patrick. Thank you for this lovely review. I will never forget your ceremony. I felt like I was in Braveheart! Awesome and such a pleasure to be part of. And patricks shoes! Man they were the coolest… and shiniest! I gotta get me a pair of those! Thank you again :)
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Mike wa absolutely super at our wedding! Everybody thought so and we got complemented on the service by the majority of guests. We love you Mike and thanks for everything. Xx
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Thank you both so much for this lovely review. there was such love at your ceremony and the venue was beautiful. i enjoyed every second. Thank you having me play a part in your amazing day! Haha right back at you :)
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Hi Mike thank you so much for being our celebrant at our wedding in August. We were so happy to have chosen you to be a part of our wedding as you made the ceremony so special for Tom and I.
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Hi Pauline & Tom. I should be the one to thank you both. it was the highest honour for me to be a part of what was such a special & emotional day. thank you for welcoming me into your home. the place looked absolutely stunning. I’ll never forget it.
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We had our special day on the 17th of August and we were honoured to have our marriage officiated by the lovely Michael Murray. Mike, On behalf of Colin and I want to thank you so much for making our ceremony so special. You accommodated all of our requests and involved everyone in our ceremony. We laughed, we cried and we laughed some more. Everything was just flawless and every word you spoke was beautiful. It is a time in our lives we will never forget and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we wish you every good wish for the future and I’ll be keeping an eye on the page to see who else’s day you made magical xxx Thanks again mike We we’re so lucky to have you. Sarah and Colin Brady xxxx Ps: I want to get married again on FRIDAY!!!!????
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Once again thank you Sarah. Its was my pleasure. Such a fantastic day. My regards to Colin and your wonderful family :)
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Myself and my wife got married in Darver Castle on the 12th of August 2018. Our Ceremony was performed within the beautiful confines of Darver Castle, in it's ceremony room by the equally diligent celbrant, Michael Murray of Spiritual Ceremonies. We first met Michael several months before our wedding, where his soft, gentle, relaxed and genuinley caring personality and diligent attention to detail won us over. Michael advised us and passed us on his valuable experience which helped us to make the correct decisions along the way. We woulfd like to thank Michael from the bottom of our hearts for conducting a beautifully personalised and professionally delivered ceremony in a very relaxed but meaniful atmosphere. One of our most talked about aspects of our wedding by our guests, was the actual ceremony itself and in paticular, our celebrant. So thank you Michael for all you have done in making our wedding a unique and memorable, not to mention stress free occasion for us. Michael & Anette McDonnell
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Mike was absolutely a gent, made us both feel so relaxed and was extremely helpful and as for the ceremony every single guest commented on how fabulous it was he done an amazing job..
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Thank you so much Ger & Niall. You were both fantastic on the day and took it all in your stride. You made the ceremony your own and that’s all i could ask for. it was a pleasure planning with you both.
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I just wanted to send an email on behalf of myself and my new husband. We were married on Monday, July 30th and have been on cloud nine ever since and there is one person who is in particular for this, and that is Mike Murray. Mike had to step in last minute as our previous celebrant had a family emergency. It must be hard to take on a ceremony quite last minute but Mike emailed us just hours after you guys notified us of the change and from the minute he emailed, something just clicked. We had a meeting planned in minutes for just days later. The minute we met him, we knew we were in the best hands. He understood us and what we wanted and was so kind towards Joey and his want to have his dad mentioned. Even though we knew Mike was amazing, nothing could have prepared us for the actual day. He put us both at ease, talked us through everything and cracked jokes at the perfect moments. Our ceremony was beautiful and perfect and its because of Mike. My mam and her family would all be extremely Catholic, and I am the first member of the family to marry outside of the church, which didn't go down well at first. However, my mam and each of her brothers and sisters were blown away by the ceremony. They couldn't believe how personal it was and how fantastic Mike was. They are all still raving about it. I feel I am rambling now but I just do not have enough words to thank Mike or express to you how lucky you are to have him. He is incredibly special and every couple that has him will be so so lucky Thank you again Ciara and Joey McCallig
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Thank you so much Ciara & Joey. You are just the nicest couple and i loved the relaxed and warm atmosphere created by you and your families. Very special indeed! It was very emotional too and I was trying to keep it together myself Enjoy the holiday, well and truely deserved. See you in 10 years for the renewal! Keep in touch - Mike
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Mike Murray was our celebrant at our wedding in July. The moment we met him we were immediately put at ease and knew our ceremony was in the perfect hands. He did a wonderful job - we have had so many compliments on how personal the wedding ceremony was. We loved that we were able to have Mike guide us through putting something together that truly reflected us. He also offered helpful advice and was always very professional and reliable. Thank you Mike!
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Thank you Sarah, It was an absolute pleasure to be your celebrant. What a beautiful venue to be married in! Thank you for having me as a part of it.
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Mike Murray was our celebrant on the day, 22nd July 2018 in Cabra Castle. He stepped in two weeks before for another celebrant due to unforseen circumstances. We did a lighting of the candles and a sand ceremony and some prayers of the faithful and readings we wanted to include. We loved the flexibility the Spiritual Ceremony gave us given that we were raised in different religions, it gave us the chance to bring across traditional elements of a religious wedding ceremony along with a very unique sand ceremony. This was particularly close to us because we recently bought a house close to the sea and used sand from the beach. We'd just like to say we would thoroughly recommend Mike Murray as a celebrant. He was a gentleman from start to finish, put both of us at ease and quoting a few of our guests 'a fine looking fellow'. Our guests also appreciated the part in our ceremony when Mike asked us to pause for a few minutes to take the moment in. If your thinking of having a ceremony and have different views on religion a Spiritual Ceremony is the perfect choice in our opinion
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Thank you very much for this wonderful review Brian & Olwyn. It was a wonderful day and you are a fantastic couple. I wish you both the very best going forward, it was an honour and an absolute pleasure to be your celebrant. Keep in touch - Mike
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Hi everyone we got married on the 18th July 2018 in St. Oliver Plunketts Church in the beautiful loughcrew gardens estate, Mike Murray was our O.S.U.I...he done a wonderful job at making our ceremony so special...everyone loved it...We Thank him dearly for his attention to detail and for bringing the handfasting ribbons as i totally forgot to bring sash...He has a very clear voice ..i think everyone heard every word even though we had no sound equipment.. it was like a live production... of a fairytale story..Mike also took some lovely photos...Thank you so much we could not of wished for a nicer more down to earth person ...Thank you Mike and all at Spiritual Ceremonies. Nina & Dwayne xx
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Thank you once again Nina for the wonderful review. It was a privilege to play a role in your beautiful day. What an amazing place to be married! Those falcons were mind blowing. You did a phenomenal job with the planning!
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We got married on the 14th July 2018. Michael Murray officiated our ceremony. Mike was absolutely fantastic, he made our ceremony very special and personal. So many of our guests had so many compliments about our ceremony and Mike. He was an absolute pleasure to deal with and I would highly recommend him. Thanks again Mike we wish you well. Yvonne and Derek
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Couldn’t have asked for better. Mike had to take over at last minute from out arranged celebrant and did a fantastic job. Hope all is ok to Anthony and thank you to him for all his help and advice to make our day special
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Thank you Maureen & Gary.I was honoured to step in and thank you for being so brilliant about it all. Such a pleasure meeting you both.Gary, it looks like that football will be home in 4 years time. haha. Take care - Mike
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Mike was brilliant from 1st contact.. we got the ceremony we wanted although running late because my mam got lost he was so reassuring and put no pressure at all because we were running late... all our guests keep commenting on how intimate and lovely our ceremony was and that’s all down to Mike
Response from Mike Murray OSUI - Registered Solemniser
Thank you again Linda, we always try to make sure you have your ceremony exactly the way you would like it. I hope married life is treating you well

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