Getting Married in Ireland

Celebrating your wedding day in Ireland doesn’t have to remain just a dream. You can make it come true — if you follow the right steps. For detailed information, visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and follow the proper instructions. What follows is a quick breakdown of what you’ll need to do to turn you wedding dreams into a reality:

First step: Written notification of your intention to marry must be sent by both parties to the Office of the Registrar at least three months before the marriage takes place.

Residency periods: To be married in a civil ceremony, there is a residency requirement of seven to fifteen days.

Paperwork requirements: If either party has been married previously, you’ll need to produce either a divorce decree or a death certificate, as appropriate. Once this information is supplied, it is forwarded to the Registrar-General; this office must provide consent before the ceremony can take place. Allow two or three weeks to obtain this consent.

Church ceremonies: These follow the laws of the church. To be legally married in a Catholic church, you must both be Catholic. There is no residency period for a Catholic wedding.

For More Information: Contact the General Register Office (Oifig an Ard-Chlaraitheora) Joyce House, 8/11 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2

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