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As part of the ceremony you and your intended spouse must make 2 declarations:

  • That you do not know of any impediment to the marriage
  • That you accept each other as husband/wife/spouse

The ceremony also allows the couple to include the guests on the day and incorporate family members into the ceremony.

This involves the couple putting their hands together and pieces of ribbon or cord being tied around their hand, symbolising the bond of love. It’s an old Celtic ritual and is where the sayings ‘tying the knot’ and ‘hand in marriage’ a lovely way to include children into the ceremony, whether they are the couple’s own children or relatives.

Two candles are lit at the beginning of the ceremony to honour from both sides of the wedding. Then the mothers of the bride and groom are invited up to light each candles. Finally, the couple light one last candle, from the light from the first 2 candles. At the end you will have  3 candles lit, representing the families generations.

Poem of remberance

For those we have loved and lost along the way,

A flame to rember them burns here today

for laughter,smiles and memories remain

together today their memory sustains,

Never forgotten and loved forever more ,

today their love flickers and sore’s

The couple combine sand from two jars, or multiple jars, into one jar and they get to keep it forever. This works really well for couples also very good for children to be included in the ceremony.

“As the sands are sitting singly and as we pour them into the contain in the middle they can never ever be separated again. They will always be together.”

You write a love letter to each other or sometimes the parents write a letter to their children. The letters are sealed and put in a box with a bottle of wine and locked and you have created your own romantic love capsule. Lorraine says that couples then open the box on their fifth anniversary, drink the wine and read the letters.

Notification of Intent to Marry

If you have already started your 3-month notice period but have had to postpone your wedding, your MRF is valid for 6 months after your original wedding date.

If your rescheduled wedding date is after this 6-month period, you will need to contact the office where you originally served notice and give them your new date of marriage. They will let you know when to attend their office in person to sign the declaration that you are free to marry. You will then be issued with a new MRF at no extra cost.

Generally, you and your intended spouse will each be required to bring the original (or certified copy) and a colour photocopy of the following to you marriage notification appointment:

  • Passport as identification
  • Birth certificate – If your birth certificate was issued in a country outside the EU it may require an apostille or legalisationto certify that it is authentic. Embassies of Ireland abroad can legalise certain documents that were created abroad so that they are acceptable for use in Ireland. Check with your local civil registration service to find out exactly what is required. Since 16 February 2019, if your birth certificate was not issued in Ireland but in another EU member state, it no longer requires an apostille or authentication.
  • Final divorce decrees in respect of all previous divorces if divorced – if it was a foreign divorce contact the Registrar for instruction
  • Dissolution decrees in respect of all previous civil partnerships if you have a civil partnership dissolution
  • Final decree of nullity and a letter from the relevant court confirming that no appeal was lodged, if you were in a civil partnership or marriage that was annulled by an Irish court
  • Deceased spouse’s death certificate and your civil marriage certificate if either of you is widowed
  • Deceased civil partner’s death certificate and your civil partnership certificate if either of you is widowed
  • Documentary evidence of immigration status if not a citizen of Ireland or an EU member state

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You will also have to provide information about the intended marriage such as:

  • Whether it will be a civil, secular or religious ceremony
  • The intended date and location of the marriage
  • Details of the proposed solemniser of the marriage
  • The names and dates of birth of the 2 proposed witnesses
  • PPS numberis required for all parties serving notice of intention to marry, who have or will have a current or a future address within the State

If you have already started your 3-month notice period but have had to postpone your wedding, your MRF is valid for 6 months after your original wedding date.

If your rescheduled wedding date is after this 6-month period, you will need to contact the office where you originally served notice and give them your new date of marriage. They will let you know when to attend their office in person to sign the declaration that you are free to marry. You will then be issued with a new MRF at no extra cost.

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We prefer to do things exactly the way you want them.

With more and more couples opting for something less traditional or completely different, a solemnizer is the ideal solution in having the perfect ceremony the way you want it with an accredited and legitimate celebrant.

All our celebrants are professional and charismatic individuals who perform their celebrant duties with warmth and sensitivity to make your special day go smoothly and one you’ll never forget!

Feel free to discuss your needs or ideas for a forthcoming nuptial and we’ll reply to you presently and get the ball rolling.

Your location, your ideas, your setting, your script, your music. It’s your day and we want you to celebrate your marriage in the style you really want with a ceremony that entirely suits you.

We appreciate that every couple have different ideas and focus and our philosophy is that of flexibility and, more importantly, the enjoyment factor – creating a day that you and your guests will never forget!

We can also help you with arranging venues, music, stationery and all the legal paperwork and hurdles!