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Legal requirements for getting married in Ireland

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A couple getting married in Ireland must give notice of their intention to marry to a Registrar at least 3 months before the date of the wedding. This applies to all marriages, religious or civil no matter where they will take place.

Notice of intention to marry can be made to any registrar. However it must be made in person and you will need to provide the following to the registrar:

In general, all couples will be asked to produce:

  • Passport as ID
  • Birth Certificate
  • If either party is divorced, original final decrees in respect of all previous divorces
  • If either party has a civil partnership dissolution – original dissolution’s in respect of all previous civil partnerships
  • If widowed, death certificate of the previous spouse and the civil marriage certificate for their first marriage
  • If a surviving civil partner – the death certificate(s) of the previous civil partner(s) and the civil partnership registration certificate(s), and
  • If party to a civil partnership or marriage that was annulled by an Irish Court – the final decree of nullity and a letter from the relevant court confirming that no appeal was lodged,
  • Their PPS Numbers (where either or both of the parties have one)
  • Couples must pay a specified notification fee.

Information on locating a Registrar of Marriage for your area from

Additional documentation may be required in some cases, The Registrar will advise what is required in each case.

If everything is in order, the Registrar will issue you with a Marriage Registration Form.

Marriage Registration Form

This is like a marriage license and gives permission for a couple to marry. You need this form to get married in Ireland, no matter where the wedding will take place.

Once the form is issued, the marriage can take place at any time over the following 6 months. After that time, if you are still not married, you need to repeat the whole process.

You are advised to contact the registrar in the area where you will get married as soon as possible. This is particularly important if you are getting married in an approved venue, as a Registrar will have to be available to solemnise the marriage and they do not have limitless numbers of people available to perform marriages.

Registry offices and their staff operate from 9-5, Monday to Friday only, so it is not always possible to have a civil wedding at the weekend, though some registrars are more flexible than other on this.

  • Where can a Wedding be Held?
  • Weddings must take place in a building to which the public has access
  • They must be celebrated indoors
  • The registrar must be willing to classify the location as an approved one.

Essentially this means that the places which get approval are generally either churches, hotels and public buildings. You will not get permission to marry in a private home.

It is of course possible to have alternative type weddings, for example humanist or pagan weddings, in any location you choose, subject to the necessary permissions from the owner of your chosen location.