Congratulations on your decision to get married. It’s an exciting time with lots of wedding planning ahead!
Getting Married in Ireland
Couples getting married in Ireland need to give the Marriage Registrar at least three months’ notice of their intention to marry.
Requirements for a Catholic Church Wedding
- - Couples will need to have completed all their civil requirements with the Marriage Registrar. They should contact the Registrar at least three – four months before the wedding. This can be done on-line at www.crsappointments.ie or http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Getting_Married.aspx
- - Couples will need to complete a pre-marriage course. See Accord.ie for a list of approved Marriage Courses in your area.
- - Couples will need up to date baptism and confirmation certs, as well as a letter of freedom from any parish they have lived in for six months or more. These certs should then be brought to the parish priest of the parish they currently reside in, who will complete a pre-nuptual enquiry form with them. The priest will then forward the couples completed papers to the church where the wedding is to take place.
- - If the couple are living abroad, their papers will be routed through the chancery offices of the diocese they reside in and the diocese they are getting married in. These papers should be completed three months before the wedding is due to take place.
- - Couples travelling from abroad will also have to make a statutory declaration that they are both free to marry.
- - Couples from outside the parish should arrange to have their own priest officiate at their wedding.
- - Marriages on Sundays, Holydays and some special Church celebrations (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St.Patrick’s Day, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Feast of All Souls) are not permitted in this Diocese.
If you have any further queries regarding your Church Ceremony, please contact the Parish Office (093) 41427. You may also find the following links helpful www.together.ie and http://www.gettingmarried.ie/