Starting Wedding Planning – The Legalities
Before delving into starting wedding planning we need to ensure you have all your legal requirements covered. In order for your marriage to be valid you need to satisfy a few conditions…
You must be over the age of 18 and have the capacity to marry each other.
You must not be married or in a civil partnership. In addition you cannot be closely related.
You must freely consent to the marriage and have the mental capacity to understand the nature of marriage.
You must provide the registrar with 3 months’ notice of your intention to marry. An appointment should be made (at least 6 months in advance) with your local registrar; at this time they will inform you on what documents you will need to bring with you. You both will need to be in attendance for this meeting.
What Documents Are Required?
Generally the required items each of you will need are:
- Passports for identification and PPS numbers.
- Birth Certificates – if your birth certificate was issued in another country outside the EU it may require an apostille stamp to certify its authenticity.
- Divorce decree, dissolution decree or final decree of nullity should you have been married or in a civil partnership previously. Death certificates of previous spouse if necessary.
- If either of you are not an Irish citizen you may be asked to provide a letter or certificate of freedom to marry.
- Download the Data Capture Form from the HSE.ie website and fill in all relevant information.
- There is a €200 notification fee or a reduced fee of €50 for same sex couples who are already in a civil partnership and now wish to marry.
During this appointment you will inform the registrar on what type of ceremony you will be having; civil, secular or religious, the intended date and the location of your marriage, details of your proposed solemniser (if not using your local registrar), names and dates of birth for your two witnesses.
Once you have paid your notification fee you will then sign a declaration stating that there’s no lawful reason why you cannot get married.
If the registrar is happy that there are no impediments and you have provided all documentation required you will then be given your Marriage Registration Form.Ensure you have this form with you on your wedding day! You will both sign it along with your solemniser and then return it to the registrar’s office within 30 days.
Now you know what legally needs to be done to get married in Ireland its time for the fun part, The Planning! Be sure to check out our wedding supplier directory to help you get started.
Love ‘n Sparkles,