Getting Married In Ireland, How to get married in Ireland

Getting Married In Ireland

There is so much information floating around on the ole Internet about getting married in Ireland. But do you know what kills me? It’s not always right. And I get sooooo many emails from couples who are so confused because they are reading about residency, giving notice and how to do that and where so I think someone needs to set things straight.  So if you are considering a destination wedding in Ireland {good for you!! it’s a great spot!} I’m sure you have questions on how to get married in Ireland.

Well, I’ll tell you, getting married in Ireland really is easy. It just takes a bit of preparation like most things you need to do for a wedding. I thought it was best to lay everything out here because I am always concerned when I see a website that tells couples “how to get married in Ireland” as more often than not the information is well out of date and in fairness, things are changing {for the better} it seems every year. So as of December 2017, here is the stuff you need to know.

One big thing is that the residency requirements that had been in place prior to 2007 have been relaxed and there are no longer any residency requirements for marriages in Ireland. So for couples living abroad who want to marry in Ireland, with prior agreement from the Registrar {we can help you with that!}, your paperwork and notification may be done by post but you also must meet with the Registrar in person at some point a minimum of 5 days before your marriage. So have a look and a read through here to find an office in the location you want to marry in, then phone or email them to tell them you want to get married in Ireland. They will help you from there.

For the requirements I’m hoping I have put in plain language, keep reading.

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The below are needed by all couples who want to have a legally valid marriage in Ireland. Civil or religious.

You must:

–           have the capacity to marry each other meaning be at least 18 years old, and not currently married.

–          freely consent to the marriage;

–          observe the marriage notification process as required by Irish law as outlined below and by contacting the HSE immediately in the county you want to marry in.

All couples will be asked to produce:

–          Passport as ID

–          Birth Certificate with Apostille

–          If either party is divorced, original final decrees in respect of all previous divorces and they will likely ask for other documentation so start early! (This is presently being changed 7/11/19)

–          If widowed, death certificate of the previous spouse and the civil marriage certificate for their first marriage

–          Their PPS Numbers (This is an Irish tax ID number. If you don’ t live in Ireland you probably don’t have one) where either or both of the parties have one

–          A fee of €200

Additional documentation may be required in some cases and the Registrar’s office will advise if needed.

You will be asked:

–          the intended date of marriage,

–          whether they require a civil, secular or religious ceremony,

–          the names and dates of birth of their witnesses, and

–          details of the proposed solemnizer (your officiating priest, religious leader or other legally recognized Celebrant) and venue.


You will also both have to complete a declaration of no impediment stating that they are not aware of any lawful impediment to the proposed marriage. They will give you that. Once the Registrar has approved all required details as above, he or she will issue you with a Marriage Registration Form (MRF) based on the information provided. This is a critical document and you need it for the marriage to proceed. All couples wishing to marry in Ireland (whether they require a religious or a civil ceremony) must first be issued with a Marriage Registration Form to be legal. The MRF should be given to the registrar or religious solemnizer solemnizing the marriage prior to the legal ceremony.

You must bring all the original documents and information requested by the Registrar to their in-person meeting. The Registrars are extremely busy and while I have always found them very helpful and hugely patient and efficient, be prepared with as much as you can as soon as you can.

Now that is a plain word short version outline of what is needed just so you know off hand. But I’ll say it again, consult the Health Service Website and General Registrar’s Office for full information, links and phone numbers that you will need. Do it as soon as you know you want to get married in Ireland and it will be all down {a lush grassy green} hill from there.

There will be more details on civil registry office weddings, civil ceremonies in other locations, church weddings and blessings and vow renewals later so stay tuned.

For now, email me if you have any general questions on Annie {at} Aislinn events {dot} com.

OOh yeah, and contact me to help you plan it! 😉

One Response to Getting Married In Ireland, How to get married in Ireland

  1. Having just gone through the process, I think this is very good advice. Try to think of this as dull homework (it needn’t be dull – our registrar was a hoot!) This is something that you should get out of the way early so that you can spend your time obsissing over the right music / flowers / food. While breaking your La Bouton heel will put a slight dampner on your day, failing to follow Annie’s steps above will stop your day in its tracks (The priest will not marry you if paper work is not correct)

    But (to leave you on a positive note) it is really a piece of cake….make the appointment, bring the required paperwork, fill in the forms and pay the money……give the form (which the registrar gives you) to the priest.

    ….and when I want a fun, stress free wedding where the planning is nearly as much fun as the wedding itself……I call Annie Byrne!

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