In Ireland today, we are blessed to have a wealth of options when it comes to choosing a venue for the most important day in any couples life. Whether you are religious or not, there are a several options available to you right across the country.
In this article we are going to speak about the differences between civil and church weddings in Ireland and hopefully provide you with enough information to make that all-important decision.
The main difference between a church wedding and a civil ceremony is of course religion. If as a practicing catholic, it is important to you to wed in a church, then this will no doubt be the deciding factor. When you marry in a church, you are married in the eyes of God, in a civil ceremony you are married in the eyes of the law. Both ceremonies are recognised by the state and are legally binding provided that your celebrant is recognised and registered to perform a legal ceremony.
The Church Wedding
When marrying in a church, temple or other religious building, there will be certain conventions that you will have to comply with:
• Catholic ceremonies require you to undertake a pre-marriage course prior to exchanging your vows.
• You will need to have been baptised and confirmed if marrying in a catholic church.
• If you live outside the parish you are marrying in, you will require a letter of freedom from your previous parishes to confirm you are in fact free to marry.
• Interchurch and interfaith marriages may need further permissions, so it is vital that you speak with your priest about this prior to making any arrangements.
• The bride and groom will be required to fill out a pre-nuptial form for church records. This is not state documentation and is for church use only.
• It is up to you to register the marriage.
The Civil Ceremony
• Civil ceremonies in Ireland only take place from Monday to Friday.
• There may be additional fees associated with the wedding if you wish to have the ceremony outside a registry office (in a hotel or registered venue).
• 3 Months notification is required.
• Irish legislation states that the venue must be open to the public, either a building that is used and accessible to the public or an open space.
• The registrar will register the marriage for you.
Whether you opt for a religious or civil ceremony, knowing what is required can make a huge difference to your preparations. For a full list of legal requirements and compliance conventions, please visit the official citizens information website.
Here at Drangan Video, we love nothing more than providing wedding videography services to couples throughout Tipperary, Kilkenny and right across Ireland. Civil, religious and secular ceremonies are all wonderful ways to declare your love and we will thoroughly enjoy capturing every moment for you to enjoy for decades into the future.
Drangan Video welcomes couples from all walks of life, whether you are religious or not, regardless of gender or belief. We know that love is the most important part of every couple’s life and will do our utmost to ensure we deliver top class customer service every time.
Our Wedding videography services are available right across the country, so feel free to give us a call and we will provide you with an all-inclusive quote, we offer discounts for local weddings in Kilkenny and Tipperary.