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Getting Legally Married in Ireland

Getting Legally Married in Ireland: A Step-by-Step Guide

Ireland, with its picturesque landscapes and rich cultural heritage, offers a romantic setting for couples looking to tie the knot. However, before you can walk down the aisle, there are some legal steps you need to follow to ensure your marriage is recognized by Irish law.

Step 1: Notification of Intention to Marry First and foremost, you must notify the Irish authorities of your intention to marry. This must be done in person at a civil registration service at least three months before the wedding date

Both partners must attend the appointment, where you’ll sign a declaration stating there are no legal impediments to the marriage.

Step 2: Documentation and Fees During the notification appointment, you’ll need to provide certain documents, such as birth certificates and proof of address. There’s also a non-refundable notification fee of €200

Step 3: The Marriage Registration Form If the registrar is satisfied that all is in order, you’ll receive a Marriage Registration Form. This is an essential document that you’ll need to bring on your wedding day

Step 4: Choosing Your Ceremony In Ireland, you can opt for a civil, religious, or secular ceremony. Each type of ceremony has its own requirements and must be performed by a registered solemniser

Step 5: The Big Day On the day of the ceremony, you’ll need two witnesses over the age of 18. After the vows are exchanged, the solemniser will register the marriage, making it official

Dont forget its the couples responsibility to return the "Green folder" to the registry office unless you are having a civil ceremony with a HSE registrar when they will return the folder for you.


Getting married in Ireland requires some planning and adherence to legal procedures. By following these steps, you can ensure your special day goes smoothly and your marriage is legally recognized in the beautiful Emerald Isle.

For more detailed information, you can visit the official government website or the Citizens Information page on legal requirements for marriage in Ireland

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